Private Lies: Infidelity and the Betrayal of Intimacy

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - Family & Relationships - 309 pages
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Why do half the people in marriages have affairs? What problems are they trying to solve? Using actual case studies, as well as examples from music, literature, and film, Dr. Pittman identifies four basic patterns of infidelity - the accidental encounter, habitual philandering, marital arrangements, and romance -, discusses how to limit the damage that affairs do, and offers practical suggestions on how to make a marriage work.
 

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Contents

Authors Note
11
What Is Infidelity?
19
Some Myths about Infidelity
33
Guilty Secrets
52
Jealousy and Infidelity
71
Monogamy and Its Discontents
85
The Turning Points of Marriage
102
The State of Affairs in Our World
117
The Battle of the Sexes
156
Temporary Insanity
182
Marital Arrangements
202
Infidelity and Divorce
227
From Romance to Remarriage
246
What Will the Children Think?
259
When Monogamy Works
275
Copyright

Accidental Infidelity It Just Happened
135

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About the author (1990)

Frank Pittman, M.D., was a psychiatrist and family therapist in Atlanta, Georgia. A renowned author of many books, he also wrote a regular column, "Ask Dr. Frank", which appeared in Psychology Today, and was a regular contributor to Psychotherapy Networker. He died in 2012.

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