10 Reasons to Avoid Having an Affair with Married Men
For many people, they might seem obvious the reasons to avoid having an affair with married men. After all, they are married and not available, right?
Unfortunately, for many women, they do go down that rabbit hole of having an affair with a married man. Nobody sets out to do this but it does happen, whether because they are tricked by their man, or they decide to take a chance that this married man will leave his wife and they will live happily ever after.
Whatever the reason, having an affair with a married man is, not surprisingly, a really bad idea. The pitfalls are significant and might even cause permanent damage.
Let me share with you 10 reasons to avoid having an affair with married men.
Maybe if you can see them clearly now, before you go down that slippery slope to an extramarital affair, you might be able to shut things down, before it’s too late!
#1 – He will break his promises.
If you were in a relationship with someone, would you be okay if they broke all their promises?
If they promised you, they would be somewhere and then couldn’t make it at the last minute.
If they promised you that they would take action on some matter and then not do it.
If they went promised to love you forever and then went home to another woman every night?
I am guessing that if you were in this kind of relationship, you would break up with the guy.
A married guy will break all of his promises.
He might promise you that he wants to be with you on Sunday and then cancels because of a soccer game. He might swear that he is going to tell his wife that he wants a divorce and then doesn’t do it. He might tell you that he will spend your birthday with you but then shows up at your house late because he can’t slip away.
Know this – that your married man, even if he doesn’t want to, will repeatedly lie to you, making promises that he just can’t, or won’t, keep.
#2 – Your relationship won’t be real.
Many people who are in relationships with married men tell me that they have found their soul mate and that they can’t possibly live without them.
That, I am afraid, is bullshit.
Two people who are having an affair exist in a bubble. A bubble of sex and dinners out, maybe vacations, presents, words of love and affirmation.
What they don’t have our kids to manage, finances to worry about, in-laws to deal with, and those 1000 daily cuts. It is those things that truly make a relationship. Being able to work through the difficult stuff and still have the bubble stuff.
One of the major reasons to avoid having an affair with married men is that you won’t ever truly be in a relationship, and you will forgo the chance of finding one.
#3 – His wife probably isn’t as bad as he says.
I know – I am sure that every married man’s wife is a total bitch.
She doesn’t have sex with him. She doesn’t care about him. She is always bitching and moaning. He is perfect and just wants to be loved, but she makes it impossible.
Anyone who has ever been married knows that there is no one person at fault in a marriage. As time goes on, people become complacent, taking each other for granted. Little issues are ignored which can lead to resentment. People change in different ways and can become disconnected, which can kill a sex life.
Don’t believe it if your married man tells you that his wife is an ogre and that he is an angel. It’s just not true. She is just a woman in the world, doing her best.
#4 – He is a cheater.
If there was ever a reason to avoid having an affair with a married man, it is this one – you are in a relationship with someone who is a cheater. And a liar.
I have a client who was having an affair with a married man. His wife discovered it. He promised my client that he was going to leave his wife, he just needed to find the right time to do it. He told her this for a year.
Finally, the wife said that he could go. She could tell he was unhappy, and she didn’t want that. What did my client’s boyfriend do? He stayed. He said that it wasn’t the right time to leave.
The whole time he had promised her that he would leave, and he was lying. He might have even been back to having intimacy with his wife. He was lying and cheating on both of them!
So, know that a married man who is willing to cheat isn’t one that you can trust for any sort of long-term relationship.
#5 – You will fall in love with him.
Many people go into affairs believing that it will just be about sex. That they will be able to have it once or twice, get it out of their system, and move on.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Scientists from Rutgers University used scans to monitor the brain activity of 30 women during orgasm. What they learned, among other things, is that an orgasm produced oxytocin, a feel-good chemical. For some reason, it produces more oxytocin for women than for men, leading women to become attached to the man in a big way.
And this will happen to you. Have sex with your married man, follow it up with some cuddling and words of affection, and, boom, you will be hooked.
I can promise you – this will happen!
#6 – You will only be lonely.
One thing that I learned while having an affair with a married man is that I was always lonely.
Except for those times, he could make time for me, I was alone.
Because I had made myself always available to him for those last-minute visits, my friends had stopped asking me to hang out because I always said no. As a result, while waiting around for him to be free, I was alone. And sad.
Furthermore, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, birthdays, holidays etc. I was alone. He was always with his family, enjoying family activities. I was alone.
So know that unless you want to spend tons of time alone, hating yourself, you should avoid having an affair with a married man.
#7 – You will lose yourself.
Before I met my married man, I was in a great place.
I had just moved to NYC, and was building a successful business, I was happy and felt really good about myself. I am guessing that is what made him attracted to me.
A year in, I was a shell of the person I had been.
A year of knowing that what I was doing was wrong, of never being the priority, of having been on the receiving end of countless broken promises, had worn me down.
My self-esteem was shot, I was unhealthy and couldn’t focus on anything.
All of my clients find some version of this happens to them when they go down the road of having an affair with a married man. They totally lose themselves, and it feels horrible.
#8 – You won’t find a real relationship.
You want to find your person, correct? You want to have a healthy, happy relationship and build a life with someone, right?
Well, that won’t happen if you are having an affair with a married man.
Why? Because you will spend all of your time and energy on him, being there for him, and you won’t have the time or energy to date.
And, if you can find the time and energy to date, hoping to find someone so that you have the strength to leave your lover, your heart won’t really be in it because you will be pining away for your married man.
And this could set you up to never find the relationship that you want!
#9 – You will be ashamed.
If you are currently having an affair with a married man, be honest. Do you wake up every morning happy to greet the day, knowing that you are a good person in the world?
We are all raised to ‘do the right thing’, and one of those things is to not engage in infidelity. Furthermore, we never want to disrespect another woman for any reason, much less have an affair with her husband.
Doing these things – not doing the right thing or betraying another woman, among other things – are going to leave someone having an affair with a married man feeling really, really bad about themselves.
They know that what they are doing is wrong. They want to get out of it and can’t. And they have way too much free time to sit around, judging themselves for their actions.
Do you want to feel this way? Probably not. Avoiding an affair with married men would be the best way to prevent that from happening!
#10 – He is not your soulmate.
I know, I know. You, and your affair partner, are sure that you are each other’s soulmates.
I mean, no one gets you as they do, and it feels like you have known them for many lifetimes. How can you not go down the road to an affair with someone who is your soulmate? It is meant to be, after all!
Well, chances are, you are just two people in the world who share similar sensibilities and who have a chemical attraction. As time goes on and the affair becomes toxic, you just might begin to see it and wonder how you got on this path.
And, if you truly believe that he is your soulmate, let me share this idea with you.
A character in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Eat Pray Love,’ states that he believes that your soulmate is not someone you should share your life with because it would be too messy. What a soulmate does is come into your life, shake things up, wake you up, and then move on so that you can start living the life you are meant to lead. Or get you on the path to doing so.
Either way, another reason not to have an affair with a married man is that, no matter how much you believe it to be, this man who is cheating on his wife and breaking his promises to you is not your soulmate.
How could he be?
Perhaps you are one of those people who think that it’s easy to avoid having an affair with married men.
I mean, it is, after all, wrong, disrespectful, and toxic.
But, for many reasons, many people find themselves on the slippery slope of having an affair with a married man. And many of them go into it totally ignorant of why they do it and what it means.
So, if you are considering getting involved with a married man, know that, ultimately, the affair will most likely chew you up, spit you out and leave you a disaster.
Go find yourself a single guy instead. Even if they aren’t, ultimately, the right person for you, at the very least, they won’t be the wrong one from the get-go.