Is the reason people have affairs is that they want to stay married?

“The reason people have affairs is that they want to stay married,” contends Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media Inc., which operates AshleyMadison.com, the world’s largest online hookup site for married people. “There’s a lot at stake in a marriage such as social status, jointly owned property, maybe children. A divorce might be messy, even difficult depending on the laws.”In Japan, according to a recently conducted survey, 84 percent of Japanese women believed an affair worked as a plus for their marriage. However, extramarital affairs are not new to Japan, the nation that invented the geisha in its

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Can politics ruin a marriage?

When you are a democrat and your spouse a republican, can it lead to marriage woes? Discover how politics could break up your happy home. Most married couples would like to think that nothing could possibly come between them. This is why it is not uncommon to find a couple who has opposing political views. They likely never figured politics could get in the way of their love, but many couples find the divide created by politics, especially in the current political climate, is too deep for them to reconcile. However, does a disagreement over politics really have the power

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4 Ways to Save Your Relationship Before Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is associated with flowers, chocolates and romance. For many couples, though, Valentine’s Day could mean a break up. Statistically, couples are more likely to break up in February than in April through November (the two weeks before Christmas are also a popular time to split). While some may suspect that the numbers are due to the stress of gift-buying, clinical social worker Alexis Auleta tells Bustle that holidays force couples to take stock of their relationships and more closely examine existing feelings of unhappiness and uncertainty.If you find yourself facing these tough questions as Valentine’s Day swiftly approaches,

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Affairs happen in happy marriages: What are we looking for?

It was once thought that only people in unhappy marriages have affairs. But this is not necessarily the case in marriages today. It turns out that “happy” is not the sufficient antidote to having an affair. One of the factors pushing people away from happy marriages to having affairs is the tight, companionable, completely “merged” nature of the modern marriage, according to therapist Esther Perel, who is described as the nation’s “sexual healer,” an updated Dr. Ruth, as described in a recent New York Times profile. She is the author of Mating in Captivity, which says that in seeking comfort,

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How to Successfully Buy a Place Together

There are many milestones in relationships: the first date, the first kiss, saying I love you, meeting the parents and so on. While many of these are important and can even be a little stressful, one of the biggest steps is making the decision to buy a home together. Not only can this add a level of permanence to the relationship, but it also can create an even stronger bond by making the subtle change from “my” or “your” place to “our” place. Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a home together, there are a lot of things to

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One Answer to the War on Poverty… Marriage

Sometimes old ideas are the best ideas says Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Kathleen Parker. In an article, “To defeat poverty, look to marriage” she contends that the “luck factor” demands attention when assessing the success and failures of the War on Poverty initiated some 50 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. When it comes to the fortunes and misfortunes of people, things such as natural gifts of appearance, athleticism, intelligence, musical talent, etc. play a role. Added to the mix is that the really lucky ones are born into stable, educated families with financial security. Then, those who

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