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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp Rosetti View Post
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    candrew, where he did indicate it was more than once?
    I took this to mean more than once.

    At first, when she got caught and when I asked everyone what happened they said it was flirtatious and a make-out session here and there.
    I dunno, I guess we need Roger to expound on that. Like I said, if she hooks up with some acquaintence at a bar or a party is one thing - I'm sure that happens more than people would like to admit. But to do it mulitiple times with the same guy is completely different set of problems.

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    Cheating for me is completely unacceptable.

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    (crap story...i know...,
    That depends on you, and how realistic you intend to be with your expectations.

    By way of background, I had been married for 13 years when my wife admitted she had an affair. Our relationship has changed dramatically, but we will be celebrating our 24th anniversary this year.

    Monogamy is not the natural human condition, it's one we have imposed upon ourselves. Some people take to it well, others (probably most) don't. I'm very sure that your girlfriend had and has no intention of hurting you, and that she values your relationship. I'm just as sure that, if she has not so far, she will cheat again. It is unfair of you to expect her to be monogamous.

    I don't know what your influences and worldview are. Perhaps for you, monogamy is an essential feature of a strong emotional bond and commitment. If so, your relationship with the woman will be very difficult, long-term. On the other hand, if you want to/can separate the two, you can probably be very happy making a life with her, even though the relationship is not monogamous.
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    To me the harder part is the idea that there was an active deception taking place. If it was something that was happening over a period of time then she had to willfully create an illusion with you that she wanted to be with you and that your relationship mattered to her. Meanwhile, what was the illusion she created with the other guy? Or was there one? With him was it "my boyfriend is a jerk and I hate his guts and he doesn't touch me the way you do, I just can't leave right now because I can't afford to get my own apartment." So for me it's the idea that you were continuing in the relationship, even though it was rocky, based on her deception. Yet she was pursuing other options while trying to keep the door with you open, or continuing to take advantage of the benefits of your relationship while not freeing you to do the same. It's not just excusing the act(s) in my opinion, but reconciling the disrespect and that she has been willing to allow you to live in her lie while she gets to know the truth.

    It's tough. For me it would really matter how much she actively and intentionally mislead you. If while it was going on she was saying "I need my space," and "I'm not sure this relationship is right for me" then it's MUCH more forgivable than if you were saying things like that and she was telling you she wanted to be together and work it out while at the same time enjoying a fling (or flings) with other guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Brow View Post
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    That depends on you, and how realistic you intend to be with your expectations.

    By way of background, I had been married for 13 years when my wife admitted she had an affair. Our relationship has changed dramatically, but we will be celebrating our 24th anniversary this year.

    Monogamy is not the natural human condition, it's one we have imposed upon ourselves. Some people take to it well, others (probably most) don't. I'm very sure that your girlfriend had and has no intention of hurting you, and that she values your relationship. I'm just as sure that, if she has not so far, she will cheat again. It is unfair of you to expect her to be monogamous.

    I don't know what your influences and worldview are. Perhaps for you, monogamy is an essential feature of a strong emotional bond and commitment. If so, your relationship with the woman will be very difficult, long-term. On the other hand, if you want to/can separate the two, you can probably be very happy making a life with her, even though the relationship is not monogamous.
    I've thought about this a lot, the idea that monogamy is not normal. I think it's where we're at because while an individual may never have purely monogamous desires we almost always have expectations that our partner be monogamous. And That I don't believe is self imposed. I think it has proven to be nearly inescapable by and large. So we're not monogamous because we want to be, but because we want our partner to be. It's a compromise we make. We're all willing to be monogamous in exchange for our partner being monogamous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asian_roger View Post
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    So what would you do if someone you were dating for 6 years cheated on you 4 years ago. At first, when she got caught and when I asked everyone what happened they said it was flirtatious and a make-out session here and there. It was a terrible time for the both of us. She admitted fault, So no worries I forgave her after a long time, then yesterday someone came up and said it was strange that we were together and said she did things much much worse than just make-out. He thought it was ****ed up that I didn't know what really happened. So I was like wait a minute, this is a guy she had beef with so what if he is making up a bunch of ********? Turns out its true after some interrogating and now I am very sick to my stomach and I called it quits immediately. It's just very strange cause everything has been perfect for the past few years and I was pretty close to take the next step. Should it be completely over?

    (crap story...i know..., but I thought peeps on Jazzfanz are pretty smart in this stuff and saw a similar thread somewhere)
    You were dating for 6 years and still werent sure if you wanted to marry her? I dont think thats a great sign.

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    What I have gathered by the responses in this thread is we (humans, that is) become shaped by our own experiences and how we might respond to them ourselves.

    It's kind of like pot smokers. The person who is actively smoking generally believes that a huge more % of people smoke than people believe and that it really has no effect on daily life. Non-smokers obviously tend to believe the opposite.

    I appreciate all the sincerity in this thread, with all the varying views.. I believe the range of responses carry a direct correlation to the life experiences of those sharing. Not necessarily jaded or damaged, just opposing ways of looking at life.

    As much as I respect One Brow, I believe his life experience (both in relationships and academia) has formed an opinion that is far removed from my own belief system. Which is right and wrong? Who knows? Who cares? There's no one size fits all answer, anyway. The main thing is not everyone is a cheater. Not everyone needs multiple partners, some do.. as much as OB said it's "unfair that you expect her to monogamous" it is also unfair that you allow anyone to pre-shape your world. If you want a completely monogamous relationship, you can, millions of other people have one. Whether it's this girl or not, I have no opinion.

    My advice is once you've gotten all this feedback, forget it, dig deep, search your soul for what YOU want, and just do it .. looking forward, and not behind.
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    The real problem that I see if you stay with her is what will you be thinking when she is late coming home? When she goes out to lunch with a "friend"? When she wants to have a girls night? Are you going to be sitting at home worrying that she is out cheating? Or can you really just forgive and forget? If you cant truly forget then your relationship is doomed to fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartsock View Post
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    The real problem that I see if you stay with her is what will you be thinking when she is late coming home? When she goes out to lunch with a "friend"? When she wants to have a girls night? Are you going to be sitting at home worrying that she is out cheating? Or can you really just forgive and forget? If you cant truly forget then your relationship is doomed to fail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartsock View Post
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    The real problem that I see if you stay with her is what will you be thinking when she is late coming home? When she goes out to lunch with a "friend"? When she wants to have a girls night? Are you going to be sitting at home worrying that she is out cheating? Or can you really just forgive and forget? If you cant truly forget then your relationship is doomed to fail.
    This is largely true. I doubt anyone 'forgets' but many that I know have forgiven and come to completely trust again.

    Allow me to offer one more one-liner of mine that has helped many relationships over the years. When things get rocky, when they're tough and you think about calling it quits, remember;

    "You're only trading circumstances."

    There is no 'perfect' person out there. You give up on one gal who cheated on you once 6 years ago for another girl that nags you daily and makes life hell.. that may have not cheated on you, but on her last boyfriend. We're all flawed, yes, even us JazzFanz. It's important that you find true love, because dissecting what you don't like about your spouse everyday for the rest of your life .. would suck.
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