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Secret sexual or intimate online relationships constitute an affair even when they involve neither actual intercourse nor oral sex nor actual physical contact.
This paper emphasizes the importance of understanding the nature and context of each affair and each couple so that healing and resolution can be achieved.
Top of Page Infidelity Myths Following are some of the most common myths or faulty beliefs about extramarital affairs and infidelity (Research findings debunking these myths are presented in the next section and throughout this paper): Top of Page Approaches to Affairs and Infidelity Researchers, psychologists, anthropologists and clinicians significantly differ in their approaches to dealing with infidelity.
Correspondingly, many movies have dealt with affairs, most notably, Long before our modern era, infidelity was a recurrent element in literature and art. The Ten Commandments devotes a specific commandment to it. Similarly, many anthropologists have repeatedly claimed that Homo sapiens throughout its evolution, like most animals, has not been naturally monogamous.
Some better known examples are Spencer Tracy's life long affair with Katharine Hepburn, Bill Cosby, Sophia Loren and a seemingly endless stream of other Hollywood celebrities. Homer's Anthropologist Margaret Mead once suggested that monogamy is the most difficult of all human marital arrangements.
Many couples in many cultures seem to accept infidelity as part of the culture and unavoidable aspect of marriage.