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Should You Confess to Cheating After a One Night Stand?
In an exclusive relationship, should you reveal a one-night stand to your partner?
Intimate relationships are built on trust, and cheating is a breach of trust. By not telling your partner about it, that trust will be further eroded, whereas telling your partner allows you to begin to rebuild it.
Revealing it enhances the long-term stability of a relationship.
It is disrespectful to your partner to conceal that you broke your commitment to exclusivity.
You would expect the same from your partner if they had a one-night stand.
Revealing it relieves feelings of guilt.
An early reveal reduces the damage compared to the case of the one-night stand coming to light at a later stage.
found that most people regard revealing it as the right thing to do.
protection was used
, one-night stands still have a non-neglible risk of sexually transmitted infections that could harm your significant other and mean they should be informed.
Revealing it has a high likelihood of ending the relationship.
Not revealing it has no negative effects on the relationship.
If you cheated once, you might do so again. Given this, revealing makes future cheating more difficult because your partner will be more suspicious in future.
A one-night stand is not significant enough to warrant telling your partner.
By revealing it you open up the possibility of being blackmailed by your significant other or by the one-night stand partner.
Revealing it can cause problems that go far beyond the feelings of those involved in the relationship.
Revealing it will cause unnecessary harm to your partner.
No general recommendation about the best reaction to cheating can be given as the best course of action depends on the specific context of the individual relationship.
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