Marriage is a Long-term Investment

October 30, 2013

Responding to recent discussions on infidelity, this act of betrayal typically stems from existing issues within a marital relationship. These issues can be found in happy marriages as well as in troubled ones. Ultimately, the reasons for infidelity are complex and unlikely to be pinned down to just one.

In this age of technology, it is increasingly common for people to also have ‘emotional affairs’ – no physical contact with the other person, just an emotional attachment. This too damages marital and family relationships. However, it is still most destructive when the extramarital affair involves both a physical and emotional element.

Research shows that men are more likely to be unfaithful to their wives. However, research also shows that even if men experience stronger sexual urges, they are just as able as women to control them.

No one is immune to temptation. But just as you would invest in protecting valuable assets like your house or car from being stolen, your marriage vows also need to be protected.  In order to do so, you will also need to invest in your marital relationship and, as with all investments — commitment and hard work is required. The first step is to regard your marriage as a valuable investment

If your marriage is facing some emotional or physical roadblocks and you have not been able to resolve them on your own, seek professional marital counseling together with your spouse to evaluate and address the issues you are facing. It is worth the investment for the long-haul.

Lee Sue-Ann
Marriage Specialist
Focus on the Family Singapore

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