Private Lies: Infidelity and the Betrayal of Intimacy

Frank Pittman, Author W. W. Norton & Company $45 (312p) ISBN 978-0-393-02634-4
For people who suspect their spouses are having a secret romantic affair, or are coping with the aftermath of one, this primer offers sensible counsel, albeit in pedestrian, chatty prose. From case studies of 100 adulterous couples whom he has treated, Pittman, a psychiatrist in Atlanta, draws profiles of four basic patterns of betrayal: accidental flings which ``just happen''; habitual philandering, which he believes to be motivated by insecurity and fear of the opposite sex; crazy, in-love romantic states that cloud one's judgment; and marital arrangements ranging from sexual supplements to flamboyant revenge affairs. His deflation of ``popular myths'' about affairs is less than startling. More helpful are sections on what to look for in a marriage partner, dealing with jealousy, remarriage (unions between a divorcing partner and the ``affairee'' have a low success rate) and the traumatic effects of secret affairs on children. First serial to Self. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-393-30707-8
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