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Angel177 posted 5/10/2014 22:04 PM

Hate hate hate hearing this. As if I didn't think that too. What do you say to that? I know I can't make people who haven't been there understand. I thought this way too. Would have bet my life on it actually. That's how sure I was. Guess what? It can happen to anyone...yes that means you. If someone told me it could happen to me I would have laughed them off..nope it's never going to happen to me....and then it did.

This life is frustrating.

MovingUpward posted 5/10/2014 22:14 PM

Life is frustrating.

What would you think if you heard someone say "I could see my SO cheating". I think we would all be like RUN!!!!! While it might come off as naive it is the mind set that we all want to have of our SO. If the sentiment of "My SO would never cheat" was actually stated by someone that knows all the red flags to look for then we might not be so disbelieving.

OutoftheDeep posted 5/10/2014 23:20 PM

Infidelity is not something most people think about during regular times. Otherwise, we would all go crazy and nobody would trust nobody, ever.

But the people who actually say they are so sure they would never be cheated on are just stupid. Honestly, stupid. Okay, naļve is a nicer word. Nobody wants to think that, it's okay to not think about it unless it comes up in your marriage, but to actually think about the possibility and determine you are immune?? I don't even know how someone arrives at that conclusion.

I have a best friend privy to my situation. She hates my WH, she is entirely 100% sure he has actually had sex with the suspects in every situation I describe, but in her own marriage she flat out says "oh god no, he didn't cheat". Her husband actually courted an old flame and hid letters, cancelled a date with her and then took OW out to a fancy date, even hid different clothes in his car to change into before he saw his wife later, my friend had to demand NC a couple of times. He also had a situation where he was constantly emailing and texting and calling a younger employee. Of course he didn't cheat with her either All of this happened out of town, but to this my friend states he didn't cheat like it's a fact. But my situation, oh no I've got to hear what a dumb ass I am and how I deserve so much better than my husband.

miadianna posted 5/10/2014 23:44 PM

A friend recently posted one of those memes about marriage and fidelity she wrote "the secret is finding your soulmate" and that's why she's been married 20 years. I did held my tongue, don't even want to get into it with her.

Angel177 posted 5/11/2014 09:24 AM

It was actually my wh's sister who said it this time so I said "didn't you think your brother was the kind of guy who would never cheat?"
"Well...yeah..."

I know she still thinks her relationship is immune, and I get that...I really believed it too..I was so niave about love and marriage and just people in general. I could never never go back to that thinking...I'm jaded now.

WarpSpeed posted 5/11/2014 09:40 AM

na·ive

adjective: of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.


Thinking "it could never happen to me" is naive.

Let's just not give the word naive more negative intonation than it deserves. When you have not experienced something, naivete is a natural state of being. We're not wrong, or stupid to be naive.

When that naivete is stripped away, we don't have to think of ourselves as jaded, we're experienced. We have a frame of reference that influences our outlook.

A whole lot of naive spouses will go through life with absolutely no experience with infidelity. Good for them.

For those of us who were not so fortunate, don't regret your naivete. Regret the betrayal and the pain. But when we walked down that aisle, we had a right to believe "it would never" and we don't need to feel bad because we did.

hugs to us all

krsplat posted 5/11/2014 13:39 PM

I really miss being naive. I was one of those women who was certain my H would never stray. He was literally a Boy Scout, for goodness sake! Everyone who knows him thinks he is a rock solid good guy. And now I know that anyone -- ANYONE! -- is capable of betrayal, lies and filth. I am wiser, but sadder.

Gemini71 posted 5/11/2014 13:46 PM

My reply,

"That's what I thought too. Never say 'never'",

and move the discussion forward.

ETcorrect errors

[This message edited by Gemini71 at 1:47 PM, May 11th (Sunday)]

gonnabe2016 posted 5/11/2014 14:01 PM

I always said that my stbx would not cheat on me, but it wasn't because of naivete. Early in our marriage, I learned of some inappropriate behavior he had engaged in and flat-out told him that it was too bad he used up his one "oops" so early in the marriage and that if he ever disrespected me or our son like that again that I'd throw him out on his ass and never look back.

He spent the next 17 years acting like I was God's gift to him. I told people that he wouldn't cheat because he loved me and, even if that weren't enough to stop him, the fact that he'd have to give me 1/2 would stop him.

Turns out the only part that I had right was that the serial-cheating fucker wouldn't want to give me *1/2*

BreatheAgain10 posted 5/11/2014 14:03 PM

Let's just not give the word naive more negative intonation than it deserves. When you have not experienced something, naivete is a natural state of being. We're not wrong, or stupid to be naive.

I absolutely agree! ^^

And with this...

For those of us who were not so fortunate, don't regret your naivete. Regret the betrayal and the pain. But when we walked down that aisle, we had a right to believe "it would never" and we don't need to feel bad because we did.

Angel177 posted 5/11/2014 18:25 PM

Wow Warpspeed!! Thank you for that perspective...it really helped :)

WarpSpeed posted 5/11/2014 19:07 PM

Thank you for that perspective...it really helped :)

You're welcome. I'm blessed. I came through the fire a stronger person and a stronger marriage. I wish that for all the folks I see here. The stronger marriage just isn't possible for some, but the stronger person is something that is possible.

I like to drop in from time to time with a word of encouragement because we all share so much and you just wish for the best outcomes for all the people you see struggling with infidelity.

This is an incredible place and I'm so glad that I found it when was trying to find my way.

Alwaysacheater74 posted 5/12/2014 17:42 PM

I hate when people say that. I think anyone can cheat if they want to. We would like to think people wouldn't want to but sometimes people put themselves in situations that are inappropriate for married persons. How many married men hit on me when I am out with my girlfriends is scary. I often wonder if they like that I have a ring on my finger...no strings? And why do they think it is acceptable to act like that? And why are the friends they are with condoning or joining in on it? Is it because they think their wives aren't going to find out? I don't know....but if I R with my husband - he will never be able to go out with his friends alone again. Which is not a healthy way to think....but I can't help it.

lilacs40 posted 5/12/2014 19:22 PM

I was in the camp of "he would never cheat" as well.

I don't regret being naive enough to believe it. What I regret is that I was naive enough to believe it a second time.

But, life experiences (good or bad) teach us to have a different outlook. Maybe the next time I run across someone who seems miserable I will try harder to be nice to that person because its possible they have encountered something life changing.

stunnedmullet posted 5/12/2014 20:42 PM

I was naļve too - and yes I miss that naivety. WH saw his Mum suffer his Dad doing it, he watched his brother do it to 2 women, he watched me go through finding out my father had a LTA over 7 years. As we moved to our new state he saw my Aunt going through it, then he turned his EA into a PA.

I truly thought he would never ever do it.

If someone said that to me, I would just feel sad. Depending on if it was someone close to me I would tell them, but in general I would just feel terribly sad for them, and very jealous that I am no longer in the world that I thought my husband was not capable of that kind of hurt.

Ascendant posted 5/12/2014 21:03 PM

I agree, re: being naive.

I think if you take your first few steps down the aisle NOT naive about your marriage...you should probably moonwalk it backwards out the church doors and keep it moving.

There are a few times in life where you can, and probably should be, naive. Beginning your life together with someone is (or should be, IMO) is one of those moments. I mean, if you're already cynical and go into it believing that spousal fidelity is a coin flip...what's the point?

RightTrack posted 5/12/2014 21:32 PM

I remember a week before DDay telling my friend " my husband would NEVER lie to me." She was jealous. HA HA

StillGoing posted 5/12/2014 22:10 PM

Naive is okay. Naive is just someone that hasn't developed a healthy dose of cynicism. I really kind of like naive because it's what you get before you get wounded badly enough to graduate into idealism.

Most people are just smug though. Like the soulemate nonsense. Yes, 4 million years of human evolution multiplied by the number of people along that phylogenetic tomfoolery was just a cosmic ski slope specifically engineered so you two could have twenty years to fuck and post some pithy comment about it on facebook. Hooray. That's the secret to a healthy marriage. Narcissism on the level of a Hellenistic deity.

plainpain posted 5/12/2014 22:42 PM

I used to be smug. I am still so very ashamed of things I said about other women when I heard their husbands were cheating. "I keep my husband satisfied." I actually said that out loud. While he was having an A. I didn't know anything about infidelity... so I don't think I regret not being naive any more. I am glad I know better... although I hate that I discovered it this way.

I had a woman say it to my face... "My dad cheated on my mom, and my H knows how that hurt me. That's why I know he would never do that to me." Ummmm... ok. Because my WH thought I would luuurrrrve being cheated on. I wasn't angry when she said it - I just prayed, for her sake, that she was right.

HeBrokeVows posted 5/12/2014 23:52 PM

I was one of those people that said my husband would never cheat. I just never said it out loud. I honestly didn't think it was in him. He's not a really sexual guy in the first place. That's what makes this affair the hardest for me to accept, because I know it was big time emotional. When I heard of someone who cheated, I usually could see how it happened based on the kind of guy he always seemed to be. I still have friends saying to me that he would be the last one they could ever see doing it.

I used to think a certain person cheats, not everyone can do it. I now know everyone is capable of it, no one is exempt. Marriages need to be safe guarded before the slippery slops start.

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