Love Affairs

The Therapeutic Guide to Sound Thinking and Smart Moves after Infidelity

by Joel Block, PhD


Studies show that up to 55 percent of women and 60 percent of men have, during their lifetimes, had to cope with an extra-relationship affair, either their own or that of a spouse, partner, or significant other.

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April 2018


Pages 155
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
  Health & Wellness/Love, Sex, and Sexuality

A psychologist specializing in couples therapy provides an honest and compassionate guide to dealing with a spouse's or partner's love affair, from the one-night stand to the grand amour.

As a result of innovative technologies and a globalized world, temptation and opportunity often intersect, allowing infidelity to increasingly create problems between spouses, partners, and other couplings in which at least one person expects exclusive intimacy. In this timely work, noted couples therapist Joel Block examines the challenges of affairs, including types of affairs; their motivations and effects; and how to repair and improve a relationship, or part ways, after an affair. Questions addressed include: "What is the motivation?", "Is it a result of deep dissatisfaction? Or not a reflection of the relationship at all?", and "Can relationships be affair-proofed?"

Providing vignettes from the author's therapy sessions to illustrate points, the book also explains how to respond to discovery; minimize disruption in the lives of children; and when separation or divorce is the chosen solution, understand new modes of "conscious de-coupling" that keep post-breakup life stable as well as satisfying. A lifeline for recovering from crisis, this text will interest general readers looking for advice to react to, cope with, or avoid infidelity, as well as students and professionals in the fields of psychology, counseling, and social work.


  • Illustrate and brings to life issues addressed across chapters through vignettes from the author's therapy sessions
  • Describes types of and motivations for affairs
  • Details the healing process and steps to either recover the relationship or "de-couple"
  • Explains special considerations and actions for stability in cases in which the couple has children
  • Clearly describes the psychological damage an affair may inflict and dares to explain the controversial possibility that some affairs may have positive effects
Author Info

Joel Block, PhD, is an award-winning psychologist practicing couples and sex therapy in Long Island, New York. Board-certified in couples therapy, Block is also a senior psychologist on staff at the Northwell Health System and an assistant clinical professor of psychology/psychiatry at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association division for Couple and Family Psychology and for 20 years served as the training supervisor at the Sexuality Center at Long Island-Jewish Medical Center. He is author of more than 20 books on love and sexuality.

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