Transcending Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder

Paperback $16.99

Apr 28, 2009 | 256 Pages

Ebook $12.99

Sep 21, 2011 | 256 Pages

  • Paperback $16.99

    Apr 28, 2009 | 256 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    Sep 21, 2011 | 256 Pages

Praise

Of all the books on infidelity, this is the first that pegs the aftermath, accurately in my view, as a trauma that results in a “stress disorder” with a clear plan for healing. Insightful and helpful. –Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want
 
Dennis Ortman writes with generosity and grace about a very difficult topic. This book is honest, compassionate, and clinically smart; his strong spiritual message makes the subject of infidelity far more hopeful and humane. –Pat Love, EdD, author of The Truth About Love
 
Dr. Ortman is right on in calling an infidelity a trauma. By uniting the wisdom of Western psychology with East-West spiritual traditions, he offers rich, practical guidance and hope. –Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, author of After the Affair and How Can I Forgive You?

Table Of Contents

CONTENTS
 
Acknowledgments   ix
Preface   xi
Introduction   1
 
Part One. Infidelity as Trauma   11
 
1. Symptoms of Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder (PISD)   12
   Imprisoned in Hurt and Rage
 
2. Differing Responses of Men and Women to Infidelity   30
   The Many Faces of PISD
 
3. Those Most Vulnerable to Trauma   40
   A Heart Close to Breaking
 
4. Adult Children of Unfaithful Parents   55
   The Pain Goes On
 
Part Two. Steps to Recovery from the Trauma   67
 
5. Stage 1: Calming the Emotional Storm
   Finding a Safe Haven within Yourself   68


6. Stage 2: Understanding Your Unfaithful Partner
   Why? . . . Why Me?   90


7. Stage 3: Seeking Self-Understanding
   The Truth Will Set You Free   113


8. Stage 4: Making a Wise Decision
   To Be or Not to Be . . . with Your Partner   138


9. Stage 5: Embracing Self-Forgiveness
   Freeing Yourself to Love Again   163


10. Stage 6: Forgiving Your Unfaithful Partner
   A Healing Journey   183


Epilogue. A Broken Heart Becomes an Open Heart   209
 
Appendix. Eight Exercises to Deepen Recovery   219
 
Notes   229
Suggested Reading   233
Index   236

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