Monogamy Myth: Understanding why Affairs Happen and how to Survive Them - the Proven Step-by-Step Guide for Recovery and Prevention

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One of the most valuable survival guides for men or women recovering from a partner's affair.

Featured on Oprah, 48 Hours, CNN, Fox News, and in USA Today

In this landmark book, Peggy Vaughan helps us to understand the stages of suspicion, confrontation, and the healing process necessary to recover, including rebuilding self-esteem, the marriage/divorce dilemma, and seeking professional help. Packed with ...

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The Monogamy Myth: A Personal Handbook for Recovering from Affairs

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Overview

One of the most valuable survival guides for men or women recovering from a partner's affair.

Featured on Oprah, 48 Hours, CNN, Fox News, and in USA Today

In this landmark book, Peggy Vaughan helps us to understand the stages of suspicion, confrontation, and the healing process necessary to recover, including rebuilding self-esteem, the marriage/divorce dilemma, and seeking professional help. Packed with practical, time-tested advice and successful strategies, this authoritative guide reveals:

  • You are not alone—estimates are that at least 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have an extramarital affair.
  • People from all walks of life have affairs—devoted parents, religious individuals, regardless of income or social class.
  • Our society contributes to the prevalence of affairs.
  • An affair does not mean the end of a marriage.
  • Recovery is fueled by honest, open discussion of the affair.

Substantiated by case studies, ongoing research, and the author's own experience, this updated third edition includes information on the role of the Internet in relationships, shares the words of others who are recovering from affairs, and describes the six-step program for establishing communication between partners that can actually prevent affairs.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A beautiful, personal, gentle, practical book." —Diana Sollee, Director, Coalition for Marriage, Family, and Couples Education

"An outstanding and wonderfully helpful book." —Harriet Lerner, The Dance of Anger

"This book saved my marriage, and probably my sanity—and maybe my very life." —A letter from a grateful reader

"Thorough and measured…An intelligent look at the experience of adultery, the healing process, and final outcomes." —Booklist

Harriet Lerner
An outstanding and wonderfully helpful book.
Diana Sollee
A beautiful,personal,gentle,practical book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557045423
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 646,952
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy Vaughan is an internationally recognized expert in the area of extramarital affairs. Drawing on her first-hand experience with her husband's affairs three decades ago, thousands of letters, her survey research projects, and her work with BAN (Beyond Affairs Network), an organization of local support groups that she founded and coordinates through www.dearpeggy.com, Peggy Vaughan has built a reputation as the authority on recovering from affairs. She lives in La Jolla, California, with her husband.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword ix
A Personal Note from the Author xi
Introduction: The Myth and the Reality 1
Part I Why Affairs Happen 13
1. Beyond Personal Blame 15
2. How Society Contributes to Affairs 30
Part II The Experience 49
3. Suspicion and Confrontation 51
4. The Pain of Knowing 70
Part III The Healing Process 91
5. Rebuilding Self-Esteem 93
6. Trust, Honesty, and Communication 109
7. Sexual Healing 126
8. Where and How to Get Help 152
Part IV A Time of Reckoning 173
9. The Marriage/Divorce Dilemma 175
10. Living with the Decision 192
11. A New Understanding of Affairs 211
Notes 229
Bibliography 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Great book for understanding

    A look at all aspects of affairs. Not written from the angry hatefull point of view that most are writen from. This may not be popular view but helpfull and more in line with my thinking and feeling.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    A must read

    Affair? Read this

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    Posted July 18, 2011

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