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Bumping for this weekend... this post is the reason I'll post.

"Sticky it" really would be a great idea...
Bumping it up will be my weekend task from now on :D
 

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Also for the newbies: Please don't refer your wayward spouse to this site in the hopes that they will read the stories here and come to their senses and end their affair. No one who's cheating and in the affair fog is going to come to this site, have an epiphany, then suddenly end their affair, give full disclosure, and suddenly be remorseful for what they have done.

We talk about methods here of detection and investigation on these forums and WS's may find ideas on how to take their affair further underground, making it that much harder for the BS.

So the first rule of TAM is: Don't talk about TAM! Especially with your WS.
 

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List of Acronyms of Infidelity so the newbies can follow the infidelity lingo here.

WW = Wayward Wife
WH = Wayward Husband
WS = Wayward Spouse
BH = Betrayed Husband
BW = Betrayed Wife
BS = Betrayed Spouse
LS = Loyal Spouse
DW = Disloyal Wife
DH = Disloyal Husband
DS = Disloyal Spouse
fWW = Former Wayward Wife
fWH = Former Wayward Husband
fWS = Former Wayward Spouse
OM = Other Man
OW = Other Woman
OMW = Other Man’s Wife
OWH = Other Woman’s Husband
AP = Affair Partner
R = Reconciliation
D = Divorce
DDay = Discovery Day
STBXH = Soon To Be Ex Husband
STBXW = Soon To Be Ex Wife
ILYBINILWY = I Love You But I’m Not In Love With You
EA = Emotional Affair
PA = Physical Affair
A = Affair
KISA = Knight In Shining Armor
VAR = Voice Activated Recorder
TT = Trickle Truth
SAHM = Stay At Home Mom
SAHD = Stay At Home Dad
TF = Toxic Friend(s)
 

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Also for the newbies: Please don't refer your wayward spouse to this site in the hopes that they will read the stories here and come to their senses and end their affair. No one who's cheating and in the affair fog is going to come to this site, have an epiphany, then suddenly end their affair, give full disclosure, and suddenly be remorseful for what they have done.

We talk about methods here of detection and investigation on these forums and WS's may find ideas on how to take their affair further underground, making it that much harder for the BS.

So the first rule of TAM is: Don't talk about TAM! Especially with your WS.
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Great Post Lord!


Also, Newbies,

Do not tell your wayward your means of knowing about their affiar. Never reveal your sources,

Never Beg, Cry or argue in front of or with them. You must take control of the situation and be the calm and logical one. Not saying try to reason them with logic.... Logic is your friend, not theirs.

Begin the process of separating your finances, in case the relationship should implode. Make sure you have protected yourself financially as much as possible. This means separate checking, savings and credit cards. Cancel or place on hold any and all joint accouts or credit cards you can. Cancel any credit card in your name that your wayward may have access to or secure the cards from them.

Lastly, if you have proof, such as emails, texts, voice mails or such, get the info for the OM/OW's spouse/significant other and expose to them. Do not even hint to your wayward you are going to do that, just do it. There are many opinions here on whether you should or should not do that, but many of us on here see that the situations that have worked out for the marriage are thr ones where the affair was exposed to the OM/OW's significant other. The ones that were not exposed have almost never recovered.

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A question then. In my case I was told a lie about how often they were in contact and who contacted who after the EA was exposed in therapy *and supposedly ended. I never said anything directly like "I have copies of your emails or phone bills - whatever" but I did say "Thats a lie here is what really happened" Once you have established the fact such as an EA is it still important to not reveal anything you know? Or just "how" you know? In my case it just made her clam up (more) and say things like "I had no idea it was that much contact" and then argue some sub point.

Sorry - another question. When the WW says she wants to patch things up and has stopped contact. And things become super normal (Sex life returns it appears there is no contact - at least obvious) is that her sweeping it under the rug and if I go along but say in therapy this is not even close to over in my case???

I would really like to hear about people who found a way to R things. What worked?

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Great Post Lord!


Also, Newbies,

Do not tell your wayward your means of knowing about their affiar. Never reveal your sources,

Never Beg, Cry or argue in front of or with them. You must take control of the situation and be the calm and logical one. Not saying try to reason them with logic.... Logic is your friend, not theirs.

Begin the process of separating your finances, in case the relationship should implode. Make sure you have protected yourself financially as much as possible. This means separate checking, savings and credit cards. Cancel or place on hold any and all joint accouts or credit cards you can. Cancel any credit card in your name that your wayward may have access to or secure the cards from them.

Lastly, if you have proof, such as emails, texts, voice mails or such, get the info for the OM/OW's spouse/significant other and expose to them. Do not even hint to your wayward you are going to do that, just do it. There are many opinions here on whether you should or should not do that, but many of us on here see that the situations that have worked out for the marriage are thr ones where the affair was exposed to the OM/OW's significant other. The ones that were not exposed have almost never recovered.

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X, the reason you dont reveal your sources is so they don't move to an alternative form of communication, ie secret phone or email accounts, etc.

As for how to deal with the lies, i would simply say you know that x # of times or x situation was not a true an accurate #. Let them fret over how you know. That helps blow the secrecy off the affair and makes them face a little bit of reality.

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Common Terms/Phrases About Infidelity

Bunny Boiler - taken from the Glenn Close character in 'Fatal Attraction', boiling her Ex'es pet rabbit. After a relationship break up, the person who wants some kind of revenge, like stalking, or harassment

Cake Eater – taken from the common phrase: Having their cake and eating it too. When the WS wants to have the security of marriage while at the same time, enjoy the affair. When the spouses are separated, the WS is described as cake eating when they try to keep in contact with the WS and give them the idea that the marriage can be salvaged, yet they are still carrying on the affair, in essence, keeping the BS on the line as their back up plan. Another term is “on the fence”.

DDay – Otherwise known as Discovery Day. This is the initial period when the BS actually learns of the affair, either through investigation, being informed of the A, or if the WS confesses to the A. The initial pain that occurs on DDay can be indescribable.

Emotional Roller Coaster – a normal result of being betrayed after D-Day. The BS will experience wide swings of emotion after being betrayed. These feelings can change from moment to moment or day to day, or as the result of having a trigger. One moment, the BS will feel extreme anger towards their WS, then the emotion swings the other way and they will feel love toward their WS and feel they cannot live without them.

False R – False Reconciliation is when the WS has kept in contact with the Other Person (OP) and taken the affair underground and the BS discovers the communication, or when the WS breaks No Contact (NC) and it is discovered. This False R is another DDay.

Fishing – due to the extremely strong addiction that an affair brings, one of the affair partners will break NC and attempt to send out a feeler or “fish” for renewed contact. This can be as simple as a “How are you?”, “Are you okay?”, “Miss You”, etc, which can be sent thru email, text, or a brief phone call.

Fog - The term “affair fog” is often used by experts and affair victims to describe the euphoria that someone involved in an affair feels. Think of how good you felt when you first fell in love. During this period, the cheater will often rationalize their actions in order to minimize their feelings of guilt — often to the extent that they “invent” reasons for having the affair in the first place. Healing from infidelity is impossible while one is in this fog.

The wayward spouse may convince themselves that they are in a bad marriage or that their spouse doesn’t really love or understand them, when that really isn’t necessarily the case. Soon the cheating spouse begins to actually believe these lies that they have been telling themselves and therefore act accordingly by treating their spouse badly yet treating their affair partner in a loving and affectionate way. This is how the affair addiction begins to take momentum.

An affair fog is nothing more than a fantasy created by the affair partners. All the wonderful qualities each partner possess are without flaws, weaknesses or selfishness. The affair partners are under the influence of an addictive drug similar to a teenager in love, and unfortunately it is very difficult to remove them from this fog.

The Affair Fog

Hypervigilance – after the emotional devastation of D-Day, the BS often becomes hypervigilant because of the extreme emotional trauma as the result of all trust being broken by the WS. The BS will be watching the WS intensely, looking for any and all threats.

Hysterical Bonding – from the SI website: Upon being confronted with the undeniable reality that their most trusted spouse has betrayed them with another, some BS's experience an overwhelming sexual desire for their wayward spouse. Many couples claim to have had the best, most intense and loving sex of their relationship during the period following the discovery of an affair, (generally a few weeks to several months), often trying new things and experimenting in ways they had never considered before. This phenomenon is termed "Hysterical Bonding.

There is very little information on this phenomenon, but it appears to be a primal, instinctual way for the partners to reconnect and reclaim each other. While it may feel counter-intuitive to the BS; as if they are "rewarding" the WS for the affair, hysterical bonding can be a stepping stone to reconciliation. The intimacy encourages communication and a closeness that may otherwise take some time to re-build.

The occurrence or absence of hysterical bonding does not appear to be an indicator of successful reconciliation. Many other factors, such as the WS's remorse and openness are far more reliable indicators. Hysterical bonding is, however, normal, and nothing for the BS to be alarmed about or ashamed about experiencing. In fact, it has been said it is the one positive in an otherwise long and miserable experience, so enjoy it while it lasts!

Limbo – This is the stage every BS is in on and after DDay. The A can still be ongoing, or it may have already stopped. It’s called limbo because the BS has not moved toward D, and he/she not moved toward R. Only decisive action towards R or D will get the BS out of limbo. Many BSs are in False R because they tried to R too quickly before conditions and requirements for True R are met, and are therefore still in limbo. Being in limbo can be the most agonizing part of discovering an A.

Mind Movies – This is when a BS has flashbacks or imagines what the BS was doing with their AP, such as imagining them texting or talking on the phone, chatting on the computer, and/or imagining their WS having sex with their AP. Some mind movies are actually worse than what happened in reality, while others are tame in comparison to what their WS did with their AP (think porno style sex). Many BSs constantly have mind movies during the intial period right after DDay, or even before DDay when they suspect their WS is having an A. Mind movies can occur at any stage of the healing process, although it seems to occur less and less frequently as time goes by and the R process is going fairly well.

Rug Sweeping – the act of forgiving a wayward spouse for the affair too quickly and trying to reconcile with the WS and move on and put the affair behind them. This is the most common mistake that newly betrayed spouses make. No issues are resolved, and usually results in another D-Day. BS’s and WS’s rug sweep for different reasons. BS’s rug sweep because they are in shock and denial, want to avoid any further emotional pain and desperately want to save their marriages. WSs rug sweep because they don’t want to be held accountable for the affair and suffer any further guilt (if they have any guilt at all), or they want to take the affair further underground.

Going Underground – Upon being discovered on D-Day, because of the addictive nature of the affair and the WS still being in the fog, the WS will often continue the affair using more secretive means

Trickle Truth (TT) - the act of minimizing actions during an affair. The WS will often only admit after many denials, that information that he/she thinks their BS knows about. The truth only slowly trickles out after each new discovery that the BS makes. Each time TT happens, it is considered another D-Day, sending the BS into yet another agonizing incident of pain. For example: A WS will often say their AP is just a friend, then the BS will discover more. Only when confronted with more evidence or further questioning, the WS may only admit to hugging and/or kissing, then when confronted with more evidence or questioning, admit to having oral sex, or a single sexual encounter, when in reality, it was more than a single sexual encounter. WSs will often say the sex was bad.

Triggers - These are events or circumstances that will “trigger” a BSs memory of the A, or even trigger a mind movie. These can range from a holiday, a picture, the way a BS acts, etc. Basically anything that triggers a memory of the A or mind movies. Triggers can be devastating, and reminds the BS of the pain they experienced from the A. A remorseful WS should be helping the BS when he/she triggers. Triggers seem to come less and less often as time goes by. Some will always have some kind of trigger that reminds them of the A. It is completely normal to have triggers.

True R – True Reconciliation is when the WS has kept NC with their AP and it has been verified. This is when the WS is truly remorseful in their actions. They are willingly transparent, and their behavior has changed and they have recommitted to their BS, the marriage, and/or any children. A truly remorseful WS will not rug sweep and is willing to discuss the A without getting defensive. They are willing to be transparent without getting defensive. They are willing to do anything to help the BS regain their trust in them. Both spouses are working on themselves and the marriage.
 

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I remember when I was in my situation, I did not want to accept all the negative advice I was hearing and ended up doing things “my way”. By “my way” I mean I did everything wrong. I made every mistake in the book thinking I was the exception to the rule and that all the advice I read was from people who were bitter trying to live through me. They just wanted my WW to suffer because of what happened to them. This was my own denial talking.

What I learned is NOBODY is the exception and the “fog” isn’t just for the WS, the BS goes through it to. People in affair act in a VERY predictable manner and they almost always end the same way and react the same way to stimulus.


A few thoughts:
You can’t “nice” them out of an affair. Being nice enables affairs and basically lets them get away with it so they’ll do it again. There HAS to be negative consequences or nothing will be gained.

Affairs are addictions and they will act just like a drug addict. They will lie and hide their affairs and take advantage of your kindness to continue the affair. They will also, like a drug addict, make the affair their top priority; ahead of you, the marriage, the kids, their own job, ect.

Affairs survive in darkness; they can last years if nobody knows about them but will die if exposed. The appeal is that it’s secret and taboo so once it is exposed then reality sets in. Reality is the number one killer of affairs.

Affairs usually only fill one void in the WS life (no pun intended). While in an affair the other “voids” are still taken care of by the BS but is overlooked by the WS at the time. One of the primary reasons 97% of affairs die once they are exposed is because the BS cuts off their support and the WS realizes their BS did more for them than they thought. Very much a “don’t know what you got until it’s gone” thing. The AP might be good at saying the right things but might suck at sex, money, taking care of the kids, have things in common, ect. These are things the WS won’t realize until they actually try to have a relationship with them.

Affairs make the WS feel “high”. To counteract this I suggest anxiety. The fear of losing everything (the BS, their marriage, their kids, their home, job) will force them to think about if it’s really worth it. It takes a while before it all sinks in which is needed (weeks, sometimes months). Never trust them if they do a 180 overnight (they want the AP one minute, the marriage the next). Nothing ever changes for good overnight.

Time is on your side. Once an affair has been exposed then the clock is ticking for it to end. Emotions can’t be turned off overnight so it will take a few months before it will resolve itself. Rushing things is a recipe for failure.

Exposing the A to the other BS is VERY important. This tends to get the AP off your back by making them focus on their own relationship plus it’s just the right thing to do. Wouldn’t you want to know? I didn’t do this and I wish I had.

180/Tough Love approach tends to be the ONLY method that works. You can’t change the WS but you can change yourself and that will have an effect on them. The goal is to make yourself happy without them and show them you don’t need them. They cheated because they didn’t respect you and odds are you don’t even respect yourself. Once they realize you will be fine without them they tend to panic and realize they made a mistake and try to win you back.

The people who have the best chance to reconcile are the ones that DON’T want to reconcile. I don’t know how many stories I’ve read where the BS finds out about an affair, blows their top and immediately files for a divorce and flat out rejects anything the WS says and then complains because the WS is BEGGING AND PLEADING to work on the marriage. This is the holy grail of most BS and yet they are complaining about it.

Be careful what you wish for. When someone cheats that’s a deal breaker for most but some people have their egos so crushed that they will put up with anything to get the WS back. Once they get them back then resentment rears its ugly head. Suddenly you realized that they screwed around and they get rewarded by having a better spouse and you get “rewarded” by getting back an unfaithful spouse. Ask yourself if it’s really worth it?

Don’t be afraid of ending things, even if you have to bluff. Reassuring them that you will always be there for them and that you don’t want a divorce takes away any motivation to stop and work on the marriage. Why would they if you are not going to do anything about it and volunteer to be a backup plan?

Don’t wait on them; move forward as if you are getting a divorce. It the WS’s job to stop you since they screwed up it’s up to them to fix it, not you. I made the mistake of thinking if I fixed all my issues then my WW would come back, NOPE. I became the perfect husband (something I did need to do) but the draw of the affair was just too powerful at the time. It took giving up on her and moving towards a divorce before she finally woke up. When the WS has to choose between the AP and the BS, they tend to go for the one they fear they may lose the most. This tend to be the AP (they are still in the honeymoon stage and still a bit insecure) but as a BS you reject them and let them know you will not take them back then that makes them go for you.

Getting the WS back is the easy part, making them stay is hard. I had 2 false R because I was the nice guy and wanted to martyr myself. You don’t get respect that way; you get respect by standing up for yourself and rejecting them for what they did to you. Anger can be your ally and keep you from becoming a doormat. The WS doesn’t want to come back to a sad sap that’s depressed all the time, they want someone that can live without them and isn’t needy.

There’s never a point of no return. Just because you or they say it’s over forever and that there’s no turning back doesn’t actually mean anything. My FWW told me that more than once and she has eaten a lot of crow for that. You are better off telling them you don’t want them back than telling them you want to work on the marriage.


Sorry so long. I screwed up big time back then and today I see the error of my ways and more important WHY they are errors. When I see someone go down the wrong path like I did I feel compelled to stop them even if it falls on deaf ears.
 

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Thanks for all this great information, help, and care.

I just found this site yesterday from a link on another blog.

Thanks to all the suggestions, I'm now finally at the point where I understand that I need to work on my own independence and get to where I don't need my wife for anything. I'm just beginning to work on myself, but I do now see that I need to get to that point so I can let her go if she decides to go to her EA partner. I'm not quite ready to force her to make that decision, but it is getting closer each day.
 

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Before You Say Reconcile

All credit for this goes to a poster named Fighting2Survive at the SurvivingInfidelity forum. It's a great guide to see if your WS is truly remorseful or just trying to sweep it under the rug.



INDICATORS OF REMORSE
* Actions match words.
* Accepts full responsibility for the affair without blaming the BS, a bad marriage, or other outside factors.
* Expresses sorrow for hurting the BS and the M.
* Shows compassion and actively assists the BS with handling triggers.
* Does not become defensive or shut down when BS brings up affair-related emotions, issues, or questions.
* Answers questions honestly and completely.
* Does not avoid the BS or become frustrated that the BS is not “healing fast enough.”
* Contributes at least 60% of the joint effort at rebuilding the marriage.
* Actively works to understand why he or she made the choice to have an affair and shares insights with BS.
* Does not think solely about himself or herself. Considers how actions impact the BS.


Remorse is so important to R. It's the conerstone that everything else is built on. Without it, the M can not heal.

Remorse involves far more than just saying "I'm sorry." It's conveyed through consistent actions. The above list is not comprehensive, but it is meant to be an example that the FWS's behavior should be clear sign that he or she understands the pain the A caused and is committed to healing the M. Simply hanging around the house is not remorse. And it is not R.
 

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Thanks. This post really helped me today.
 

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No Contact Letter - information below extracted from another forum

Once the affair has come to light there must be proper closure to the affair. An agreement must be made between that all contact must end between the Wayward Spouse and the Affair Partner and it must be permanent. There are no if’s, and’s or but’s on this one. This MUST be done for there to be any healing in the marriage. The Wayward Spouse must commit to the No Contact Agreement. Every time the Agreement has been broken the Wayward Spouse must tell the Betrayed Spouse about it as soon as possible. Even if it wasn’t them that broke it, any contact whatsoever should be told immediately. This will build some trust back up in your marriage if this is done every time.

Writing a No Contact Letter to the Affair Partner is the best way to end the affair. This way everything that needs to be said can be with no interruptions and without adding or saying anything you don’t want said. Doing it over the phone or by email allows things to open back up for the OP to respond...and that's what you are clearly trying to avoid.

It should be written in the Wayward Spouse’s own handwriting. It really should be sent certified. Remember, this isn’t a “goodbye forever love letter” but it’s really stating that the affair is over, it was wrong, you were selfish, you love your spouse and family very much and you want to make your marriage work and that you’ll be fighting and working on saving your marriage. You should also state how much you have hurt your spouse and how you are going to spend the rest of your life making it up to them.

You also state how you no longer EVER want the affair partner to contact you in ANY way, shape or form. If the Wayward Spouse does this just for his/her spouse and continues contact with the Affair Partner, then the Affair Partner won’t take the No Contact Letter seriously. It also might not be taken seriously by the Affair Partner if the Wayward Spouse has tried numerous times to break it off with the Affair Partner only to come back time and time again. So, the Wayward Spouse must stand firm and continually tell the Affair Partner how much he loves his wife and wants to work on their marriage.

If you get continued contact the best defense is to IGNORE ALL CONTACT!! The Affair Partner thinks that if they can’t just get the Wayward Spouse to talk to them then the affair will continue on.

After the Wayward Spouse has finished the No Contact Letter, the Betrayed Spouse should read it, if it wasn’t written together. There should be nothing in the letter hinting about missing the Affair Partner, and that the letter doesn’t mean anything, etc.

Here is an example of a No Contact Letter:

Dear [put name here],

The relationship I had with you was thoughtless and cruel. It hurt many people, particularly my spouse, who did not deserve to be treated that way. I am committed to my marriage and determined to make up for all the hurt I've caused my family. I am going to work hard to be the best husband/wife that he/she deserves.


Because of the terrible offense to my spouse and the damage I have done to our marriage, I am permanently ending all contact with you. Please respect my wish to regain my integrity, and to heal my family. Please also respect my wish that you not attempt to contact me in any way at any time.

My spouse has all the details of our relationship and he/she will also be told of any attempts at contact.

Sincerely,


[name here]
 

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lordmayhem I am on your thread....again :) apologies, got the wrong name its your thread Almostrecovered

Advice on exposure :-


Exposure targets
Parents of all concerned, family, close friends, children of the BS, workplace [if a workplace affair], spouse of the OP, pastor. Facebook friends of OP.

Exposure Timing
Exposure should be done immediately. The longer you wait, the more entrenched the affair becomes. There is never any “perfect” time to expose, so don’t delay while looking for an imaginary perfect time.

Expose on the SAME DAY – or as close as possible – in order to achieve a tsunami effect. The affairees should be completely taken by surprise. Doing this creates a powerful hit on the affair and prevents the affairees from pre-empting you

Exposure Tactics

Spouse of affair partner- Give your full name, phone # and email address. Tell the other BS all about the affair, offer to share all evidence with him/her. Offer to follow up to ensure that contact is truly ended and ask the other BS to do the same. The other BS will be shocked when you tell him, so be sure and give your email address and phone # for follow up questions. ALWAYS GIVE THE OTHER BS YOUR WS'S PHONE # IN CASE HE/SHE WANTS TO CALL.

Parents, close family, friends – Tell them about the affair, giving them names, general timelines, etc. Explain you are attempting to save your marriage and would be willing to forgive your WS if he/she ended the affair. Ask them to use their influence to persuade the WS to end her affair. A way to save time is to call both sets of parents and send an email to the other close family and friends. Template letter posted below

Parents of OP. Give your full name and explain why you are calling. Ask them to use their influence with their son/daughter to persuade them to leave your spouse alone. It might also help if the PARENT of the WS calls them too.

Workplace exposure: Expose to Director of Human Resources, a key VP and both of the affairee’s supervisors using the template letter posted below.

Facebook exposure: Should be done to the OP’s facebook friends via private message. This is a very, very effective exposure because it is a collection of the OP’s closest friends and family. SPACE THE PM’S OUT 60 SECONDS APART SO FB DOES NOT SHUT YOU DOWN FOR FLOODING. Before you begin, copy and paste all the contacts into a WORD doc. Change your fb picture to a picture of you and your spouse and children. Template letters posted below.

The Fallout
Expect your spouse to be FURIOUS and to make all manner of threats, “I was going to work on the marriage, now I am not!!” “I cannot trust you” “You have to pack and leave!!” “You have ruined any chance you had!!” Do not let this bother you!! Just imagine that you have taken the crackpipe away from the crack head. Of course they are angry. But it will blow over. Don’t laugh, don’t fight, don't attempt to reason with them, and most of all, don’t be SCARED! Your marriage can survive some temporary anger, it cannot survive an ongoing affair! The madder your WS, the harder you hit the target!

The goal is to save your marriage, NOT to avoid your wayward spouse's anger at all costs.

Just say, "I am so sorry you are upset.

Common Exposure Mistakes

Telling the WS that you got the idea to expose on the internet rather than taking ownership of your actions. Then the discussion becomes “who???” You need to OWN IT. Saying somebody told you to do it does not work for 5 year olds and it won’t work for you!

Keeping exposure a secret. Yes, you read right. But we have had exposure targets say “ok, I will keep this a secret!!” And they never tell the WS they know. That defeats the entire purpose. If that person won’t help you by speaking to your WS, at least TELL the WS that person knows.


Doing trickle exposures. Meaning exposing to just a few people but not to everyone that could have an influence. Trickle exposures are a disaster because they are not enough to kill the affair but just enough to infuriate the WS enough to come after the BS. So the exposure essentially only served to beat down the already beaten BS for no benefit.

Eliminating exposure targets because that person “has no influence over my WS” even though this is a person with long history over the WS. Such as a mother or father. Such targets cannot be dismissed on such a subjective basis because the BS CANNOT PREDICT WHO WILL OR WON’T HAVE AN INFLUENCE OVER THE WS. Sorry, but unless you are psychic and your name is Madame Cleo, you don’t know. Many WS are estranged from a parent, sibling, pastor but that is not a knock out factor.

Threatening to expose. Using exposure as a threat only serves to forewarn the affairees and cause them to go further underground. All you have achieved is to give the enemy your battle plan so they can come back and kick your rear tomorrow. It also gives them an opportunity to pre-empt you and tell others you are “crazy” “jealous”. Then then when you do expose no one will take you seriously. Threatening to expose is the equivalent of giving your battle plan to the enemy. Don't do that!


Facebook or email template

Should be done to the OW/OM’s Facebook friends via private message. This is an effective exposure as it is a collection of the OW/OM’s closest friends and family. Space the private messages 60 seconds apart so Facebook does not shut you down for flooding the system. Copy and paste all the contacts into a word document. Change the gender as required.


Dear friend of XXX (Full name)

It grieves me to write this letter but I believe all of his/her friends should know the kind of person he/she really is. XXX is having an affair with my wife/husband , (name of your spouse) YYYY, from ZZZ (month or year) until ZZZ (month or year) . I believe that his/her friends should know this, so you can protect your marriage from him/her. My wife/husband and I have X small children and this affair has almost wrecked our marriage.

I would be happy to provide the evidence to anyone who asks.

I would appreciate it if someone would notify his parents and ask them to call me at xxx-www-xxxx.

Thank you
(Betrayed Spouse’s name)

Workplace template


To Whom It May Concern: XXXX

This letter is to bring a matter to your attention that may be a violation of your Company's Code of Conduct and/or other policies, procedures and business ethics.

(Your wayward spouse name ) and OM/OW (name) are involved in an extramarital affair that is taking place, primarily, in the workplace. Aside from the potential sexual harassment claims this situation presents, it also involves the inappropriate use of company resources and assets.
(Your wayward spouse name ) and OM/OW (name) are using company time and company resources to further their affair. If you check the call histories on their office and cell phones along with their workstation computers, you will find the two of them are spending an inordinate amount of what should be productive work time to further their sexual relationship.

If you have any questions, please call me at xxx-xxxx. Otherwise, I will anticipate a response from you once you have investigated these concerns and taken appropriate corrective action.

Regards,
For information : I am not the creator of the above templates, they were borrowed from another pro-marriage forum.

More information from another poster , Affaircare

Just to be clear, let's define a few things:

GASLIGHTING-- Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse where false information is presented as true in such a way as to make the "victim" doubt their own observation, their own memory or their own perception. A perfect example of this would be if your spouse were missing all of January 1st, came stumbling home January 2nd, and you have a recording your spouse on January 2nd talking in their own car to another person saying they had sex, and they try to tell you "No you're mistaken. I said that on January 3rd and remember WE had sex that night before, so I was talking about that!" You KNOW what you have, but they are trying to spin the false information to make you doubt your own self.

RUGSWEEPING-- Rugsweeping is a form of denial. Either the Loyal Spouse or the Disloyal Spouse can do this, and basically it is named after the idea of sweeping dirt under the rug, so that it's not really clean at all...just hidden! Same here. The issues in the marriage are not addressed. There is no real repentance by the Disloyal Spouse ... or the Loyal Spouse just pretends that "now that the Disloyal is back everything can go back to normal." It's fake.

RECONCILIATION-- Reconciliation is when two things occur: 1) the Disloyal Spouse is truly repentant and does a complete about-face regarding the affair, taking complete personal responsibility, and 2) the Loyal Spouse truly acknowledges the issues and forgives the Disloyal, working on making the marriage a place that is mutually intimate and loving. If both things don't occur, then reconciliation can not occur. (Now... they could continue to live together and co-parent but it would not be a "marriage" relationship--it would be like roommates. )

It is entirely possible in reconciliation that the Loyal Spouse may want to know every single detail about the affair, the other person, each sexual contact, etc. But it is equally possible that the Loyal Spouse may consider it enough to know that their spouse was unfaithful and have reason to believe that is no longer the case--some sort of provable evidence--and be willing to move on from there and rebuild trust. Each Loyal Spouse is different. But overall the following concepts remain the same:
Gaslighting tries to present false info as true--this does not lead to recovery.
Rugsweeping denies that there was a problem and pretends everything is okay--this also does not lead to recovery.
Reconciliation acknowledges the problems, each party looks at their own self, each party does their own work AND does the work to build the marriage, but the level of details may vary--this DOES lead to recovery.
 
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