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Title: Taking the good with the bad: Applying Klein's work to further our understandings of cyber-cheating
Authors: Whitty, Monica T.
Carr, Adrian N.
First Published: 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 2005, 4 (2-3), pp. 103-115 (13)
Abstract: Although there is a paucity of research available on cyber-cheating and its effects on the offline couple, the current research available suggests that Internet relationships and online erotic interactions can have a ‘real’ impact on couples. This paper builds on the current research by exploring theoretical explanations for how individuals might rationalize their online affairs. Drawing from Klein's object-relations theory we suggest that while on one level individuals might perceive their online interactions to be ‘unreal’ and hence not ‘breaking the rules’ in respect to the offline relationship, on another level energy is being taken away from the relationship and given to another, which is indeed ‘breaking the rules.’
DOI Link: 10.1300/J398v04n02_10
ISSN: 1533-2691
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 2005, 4 (2-3), pp. 103-115. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy is available online at:
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