It’s a common dilemma. You’ve cheated on your significant other, and the decision is upon you: Do you tell them? Will a moment of brutal honesty save or condemn the relationship?
A well-meaning but ultimately naive person might suggest that being honest will in fact help engender trust. You made a mistake, and you’re coming clean. Points for you.
That, of course, flies in the face of most conventional wisdom, which holds that cheating — an act that’s defined by its inherent betrayal — tends to anger the injured party to the point of irrationality, resulting in the keying of cars and the dumping of clothes on the front lawn. Relationship over.
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