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To tell or not to tell

By: Rica Cruz

Hi Ms. Rica:
I’ve been with my boyfriend for five years and I can say everything is great for us now. Pero po, in the past five years, I’ve cheated on him with different men. I’ve stopped last year at wala na po akong kinikita ngayon. Naiisip ko lang po, kailangan ko po ba sabihin sa kaniya that I cheated on him? Or should I just keep it a secret?

Thank you,
R

Hi R,
What to do? What to do? Madaming tao ang may ganitong dilemma – should they say or should they just keep it.

Most men have this “huwag kang aamin” rule. Sabi nila, kahit anong mangyari, kahit mahuli ka, huwag ka raw aamin. But is it for the best?

From my perspective, there are different ways that this could play out. You could either say, not say, be discovered.

Ano ang pwedeng mangyari in each of the situation? What do you think could be the advantages and disadvantages of each?

In studies, sabi nila that the way one person finds out about the infidelity of the other partner has a significant impact on the relationship. How?

Research says that if the cheating partner discloses the information voluntarily, the relationship has more chances of surviving, as opposed to the non-cheating partner finding out about the infidelity some other way.

In Filipino, kapag sa iyo mismo manggagaling ang impormasyon, mas makakabuti ito sa inyong relasyon, kaysa kapag malaman niya sa ibang paraan.

So what makes sense for you? Ano ang mas gusto mo? Ikaw lang naman kasi ang makakasagot niyan. I can help you with these two things that you may want to think about:

– If you do not tell him: Given that he won’t find out any other way, you may spare him from the hurt that he could feel.

Pero teka, wala ka bang ebidensiya na pakalat-kalat? Sure ka ba talaga na hindi niya malalaman?

Also, if there are things that you can never share with him, it might create a distance between the two of you and could hinder you being close to one another. That distance could eventually drift you further apart from one another.

– If you do tell him: When you tell him, studies say that you may feel good about that choice.

Bakit? Because being honest and tell him could come from your respect for him, for the relationship, and for yourself.

As I’ve said kanina, studies show that there’s a better chance for the relationship if the cheating partner discloses without being asked.

It not only shows that you’re remorseful for what happened, but it also shows that you’re ready to be honest moving forward.

Reflect on what you want to happen. In both cases, mayroon at mayroong masasaktan. Do what you think is best for the both of you. I hope I was able to help. Good luck! #takeitfromthesexymind

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Biography: Rica Cruz is a Licensed Psychologist and Sex Therapist. She comes out as the Resident Sex Therapist on Boys’ Night Out every Thursday night on Magic 89.9.

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