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No end of the affair

What causes people like John Terry to play away from home? The reasons we have affairs could be down to our biology

Got you under my skin: Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in David Lean’s Brief Encounter (1945)

Extramarital affairs have always been risky. And it is a commonplace that today’s technologies, while making it easier to conduct a liaison, almost guarantee discovery thanks to itemised bank statements, timed till receipts, text messages and so on. Even worse, you cannot play down the seriousness of it because “sweet nothings” can be retrieved from voicemail or emails. With this level of surveillance, surely no sensible person who values their marriage would ever transgress. So why do they?

As a marital therapist, I have…

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