How to forgive a partner that divulged your secrets?

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Secrets are a central part of any serious relationship. The importance of being able to trust a partner with sensitive information and private matters cannot be overstated.

It is important for partners to be able to keep each other’s secrets and not divulge them to others. In the context of marriage, we have many different kinds of secrets. Some can cause great harm to yourself, marriage and little family if revealed, while others are harmless but can still cause problems in relationships or with others, if they are revealed without consent.

Can you forgive a partner that divulged your secrets?

This is a difficult question for many people to answer. There are some who say that they would never be able to forgive someone who revealed their secrets. However, there are many who believe in the concept of forgiveness and would be willing to give it a try if their partner was truly sorry and wanted to change.

In the case of a partner, it’s important to understand where they’re coming from and what their intentions are. If they have an abusive or controlling history with you, then the answer is no, you cannot forgive them.

On the other hand, if they are trying to protect you by letting others know about your secret so that they can help you or take care of a situation for you, then forgiveness may be possible. In any case, it’s important to remember that just because someone has divulged your secret doesn’t mean that they can’t still be trusted or that they meant harm for you or put anyone else before you.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California and published in the journal Emotion found that people who have a strong sense of self-identity are less likely to forgive someone who has betrayed their trust. So it is not always easy to forgive someone you trusted with sensitive information, and that went behind your back and made it public, especially a life partner.

Cases where you can forgive:

In most cases, it is difficult to forgive someone who divulges your secrets. However, there are some cases when we can forgive our partner’s actions.

Some common scenarios in which we can forgive our partners include:

-If the secret was shared out of ignorance, naivety and their inability to see how that secret is even a “secret”.

-If the person shared the secret for a greater purpose.

-If you were never told by you not to mention or tell that to others. 

-If no great harm was caused by the secret becoming public knowledge. Or only minor consequences took place.

How to confront a partner that divulged your secrets:

If you have reason to believe that your partner has been telling your secrets, it is best to confront them in a calm and kind way. Act as if you’re asking them in order to make sure first, rather than accusing them. It is likely that they will deny the allegations and also get angry at you, so make sure you have evidence or that you caught someone knowing information only your partner is aware of.

This way you can tell them straight away about why you doubted them and let them justify themselves, rather than start an argument where you two are not even gonna be able to get over whether or not the secrets have come out or not. If they are truly sorry for what they have done, then there is hope for the relationship despite the betrayal.

Secrets are often hard to keep. Sometimes, the best way to protect a secret is by not telling anyone. However, this can be hard as a partner that lives with you under the same roof and share your bed at night may find out on their own about your sensitive information. If they divulge too many secrets, it may be hard for you to trust them and feel safe with them.

It is better not to trust the same person that betrayed you again with a new type of sensitive information, as they may make the same mistake once again. “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!”. If you’re willing to stay with a partner that told on you; then it is better to take precautions and not trust them again with new secrets.

Consider them a moving youtube camera that will record, go and stream all of your life, daily routine and secrets to the entire world every next day. So it’s best to only make accessible to then information that can be made public anyway, and that you don’t care about keeping confidential, in this case you won’t get betrayed again.

Bottom line:

When you are in a relationship with someone, it’s natural to share intimate details about yourself. But when the other person starts sharing your secrets with others, it can be hard to forgive them.

Everyone has something in their life that they don’t want others to know about and it’s important for us all to know how to keep our secrets without anyone getting hurt.

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