How to Handle a Betrayal

by PamelaA

Many times someone we love betrays us and in order to get through it we must learn how to live with betrayal.

How to Handle a Betrayal - Dealing With Betrayal in a Healthy Way

There are times in our life where we all will have someone we love or care about betray us and while painful we must learn how to handle a betrayal in a constructive manner.  Handling a betrayal in a constructive manner will not only cause one to be happier in the long run but will also prevent a great deal of unnecessary stress.

The best way to handle a betrayal is first to consider what type of betrayal occurred.  There are small betrayals such as a friend or coworker gossiping about you to more severe betrayals such as when a partner cheats or has an affair.

The more severe the betrayal the more important it is to handle it properly.   When we are betrayed it is often our knee jerk reaction to seek revenge and while it may make you feel better temporarily it will only cause damage in the long run.   Seeking revenge is the worst thing a person can do when they are betrayed.

The first step when learning how to handle a betrayal is to think about whether the relationship with the person is a relationship you want to repair.

If you feel the relationship is not worth repairing then you need to try and put the event behind you.  Don't assume the person who wronged you did so intentionally.  Try to think about things from their vantage point.  Try to open your mind to the possibility that they probably did not mean to hurt you.  Its important not to think negatively about the person but instead think of some of their good qualities and then move on .

Should you decided to repair the relationship then speak with them openly and honestly.  Use words such as I feel, I think and I believe.  Do not use words such as you always, and you never as they only make the problem worse.   Tell that person what their betrayal did to you and tell them what you would have wanted to happen in a situation like that.   Let that person know that you want to repair the relationship.  After this you may feel the need for some space or time to yourself that and that is only natural.  During this time think about the situation and try to see things from the other persons point of view.   In order to repair a relationship after a betrayal its vital to not be in a mind set of "I'm right and your wrong"   This helps neither you or the relationship.    After taking time you may need to talk to the person who betrayed you even more about the situation and that is okay.  We all recover at different rates from betrayals.

Taking these few steps when learning how to handle a betrayal will give you peace of mind and regardless of the outcome you will be happy with how you handled the situation.

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Updated: 09/08/2011, PamelaA
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JoHarrington on 12/01/2012

Brilliant advice. Thank you.

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