Scarlet Meyer
Updated Jan 08, 2017 @ 9:18 am
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In general common sense dictates that cheating almost always ruins relationships. When you’ve made a commitment to be exclusive to someone, nothing accomplishes the task of not only breaking a promise, but hurting the other person quite like cheating. However, weirdly enough, it isn’t always the case. Since cheating is usually a symptom of other problems in the relationship, sometimes cheating can help bring the real problems to light in a way that brings them front and center, and therefore more likely to get solved. Don’t believe us?

Check out these real confessions from couples who have not only survived cheating, but are better for it, courtesy of Whisper.

From these confessions we learn it can make people realize how important their partner (and their self esteem) is to them.

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So there you have it, several instances where cheating actually helped couples become stronger in the long run. While cheating is by no means a solution to saving a relationship, it definitely doesn’t have to be the end if both people are ultimately committed to making it work in the long run. Even better is when couples can look at the problems that led to cheating, and come out with a better understanding of their relationship and what they really want from it.