Thanks to John Edwards -- A Closer Look at Infidelity... AGAIN!

Former Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards admitted early today that he DID father the 2-year-old daughter of the former staffer with whom he had an affair. (Raise your hand if you're shocked. Didn't think so! ) Edwards admitted in 2008 after his failed presidential bid to having an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter but strongly denied fathering the baby, Frances Quinn Hunter. Today, In a statement made exclusively to NBC News, Edwards said:

"I am Quinn's father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace.

It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me. I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future."

Great, he's going to support her. Good for him, what a guy! With Tiger in sex rehab and the former Senator clearing his conscience, it got us to thinking...again... what's the real deal with infidelity? We asked family therapist Sally Souliere. This is what she had to say:

The man or woman that you love has done the unthinkable. Cheated. Lied. Slept with someone else. Sent a sexual text. It's confirmed in an email. Your heart sinks and the knife is stuck in your gut. You ask, "Why? WHY? W-H-Y?????". Is the answer ever enough?

Infidelity happens for many reasons and these reasons are often different for men and women. Sometimes it's about sex. Others claim it's out of anger, not being heard, not feeling loved. I've heard clients say it happens when communication breaks down and loneliness sets in. Some are looking for a port in a storm. The New York Times Article, "High Infidelity" explores a trend in cheating. Research indicates that women cheat when they are unhappy, but men will cheat despite being in a satisfying relationship. Men primarily cheat for sexual reasons and women tend to cheat for emotional reasons.

Today, the temptations to have an extramarital affair couldn't be greater. We see the media glamorizing unfaithful partners and ignoring the deep, painful consequences of straying.

For more on the consequences of neglect, busy lives, lying and secrets, click here!

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