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A psychologist uses post-traumatic stress disorder as a model for the wounded partner to explore rage and emotional pain and learn the secrets of recovery.

The discovery of a partner's infidelity is heart-wrenching and traumatic. In TRANSCENDING POST-INFIDELITY STRESS DISORDER (PISD), Dennis Ortman likens the psychological aftermath of sexual betrayal to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in its origin and symptoms, including anxiety, irritability, rage, emotional numbing, and flashbacks. Using PTSD treatment as a model, Dr. Ortman presents steps to recovery from the pain of infidelity. With the author's PISD system, readers will find a structure to help them categorize emotions, face their rage, make important life decisions, and find wholeness, peace, and forgiveness.

About the Author

DENNIS ORTMAN is a psychologist in private practice in Detroit, Michigan. A Catholic priest for fourteen years, Dr. Ortman has been married for nineteen years. He is the author of The Dually Diagnosed and The Dual Diagnosis Recovery Sourcebook.


If you had to boil the message of Transcending Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder down to one sentence, what would it be?

If you have suffered from an infidelity and are consumed by rage, read this book to find relief, forgiveness, and new life.

Who is your hero?

If I could spend a day talking with anyone, living or dead, it would be Abraham Lincoln. I admire him as a man who displayed steadfastness and wisdom guiding our country in its most trying time.

Have you ever met a famous person?

I spent five years studying in Rome and met many Church dignitaries, bishops, cardinals, and even the Pope. But none impressed me more than Mother Teresa. Her love, gentleness, and determination radiated from her tiny sub-five foot frame.

What's the farthest you've ever traveled?

I spent a summer in India working in the slums of Calcutta. That was my longest journey geographically, emotionally, and spiritually. Surprisingly, what impressed me most was not the desperate poverty, but the deep contentment and spirituality of many of the people I met.

Where were you when you found out that Transcending Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder would be published?

I was on a golf course in Florida when I received the call that my manuscript was accepted. After that, my golf game went south, and my buddies won some money.

If you were alone on a desert island, what book would you take?

If I were alone on a desert island, I would choose the Bible as my constant companion because of the inexhaustible wisdom it contains. A second book would be The Complete Works of William Shakespeare because of their poetic elegance and astute psychological perceptiveness.

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments   ix

Preface   xi

Introduction   1


Part One. Infidelity as Trauma   11


1. Symptoms of Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder (PISD)   12

   Imprisoned in Hurt and Rage


2. Differing Responses of Men and Women to Infidelity   30

   The Many Faces of PISD


3. Those Most Vulnerable to Trauma   40

   A Heart Close to Breaking


4. Adult Children of Unfaithful Parents   55

   The Pain Goes On


Part Two. Steps to Recovery from the Trauma   67


5. Stage 1: Calming the Emotional Storm

   Finding a Safe Haven within Yourself   68

6. Stage 2: Understanding Your Unfaithful Partner

   Why? . . . Why Me?   90

7. Stage 3: Seeking Self-Understanding

   The Truth Will Set You Free   113

8. Stage 4: Making a Wise Decision

   To Be or Not to Be . . . with Your Partner   138

9. Stage 5: Embracing Self-Forgiveness

   Freeing Yourself to Love Again   163

10. Stage 6: Forgiving Your Unfaithful Partner

   A Healing Journey   183

Epilogue. A Broken Heart Becomes an Open Heart   209


Appendix. Eight Exercises to Deepen Recovery   219


Notes   229

Suggested Reading   233

Index   236

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Ortman, Dennis
Celestial Arts
Ortman, Dennis C.
Self-help techniques
Christian Life - General
Christian Life
Christianity - General
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