Intimate Relationships in Medical School is for anyone studying the medical sciences who is married or in a committed relationship. Michael Myers-an experienced psychiatrist and clinician- uses several case examples throughout the book which are composites from his practice. Through these and the author's suggestions and insights, the busy, committed medical student and his or her partner will increase their ability to confront and resolve misunderstandings.
Chapter 8: What about Extramarital Relationships?
What about Extramarital Relationships?
Marriages and other committed intimate relationships are characterized by the expectation of fidelity throughout the life cycle. Although most married individuals take their vows very seriously, extramarital relationships for medical students and physicians are not uncommon. Nor are they uncommon in North American society. This does not lessen their sting, for any threat or assault to the sanctity or strength of the marital covenant almost always causes upset to marital function and integrity.
Extramarital sex basically means that a married person has had sex on at least one occasion with someone outside the marriage. The two individuals may have had sex only once, with no expectation or interest in its continuing (the so-called one-night stand), or the two ...