Frank Pittman, Psychologist and Infidelity Author, Dies at 77

Frank Pittman M.D. died at home November 24, 2012, of complications from cancer.

Infidelity and the Betrayal of Intimacy

On 25 November 2012 we reproduced an article that Frank Pittman had written on infidelity, unaware of his death.

We belatedly extend our sympathies and condolences to Frank Pittman’s family, and our gratitude to him for his work and wisdom about the mire of infidelity.

“Day after day in my office I see men and women who have been messing around. They lead secret lives, as they hide themselves from their marriages. They go through wrenching divorces, inflicting pain on their children and their children’s children. Or they make desperate, tearful, sweaty efforts at holding on to the shreds of a life they’ve betrayed. They tell me they have gone through all of this for a quick thrill or a furtive moment of romance. Sometimes they tell me they don’t remember making the decision that tore apart their life: ‘It just happened.’ Sometimes they don’t even know they are being unfaithful. (I tell them: ‘If you don’t know whether what you are doing is an infidelity or not, ask your spouse.’) From the outside looking in, it is insane. How could anyone risk everything in life on the turn of a screw?”

— Frank Pittman

“Bad marriages don’t cause infidelity; infidelity causes bad marriages.”

— Frank Pittman

~ Wayfarer

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