Recovering from Parental Infidelity
by Dennis Ortman, PhD
David Petraeus, Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Edwards and Bill Clinton: These powerful and famous men were caught having affairs and fell from grace. The media reported their fall and the humiliation and outrage of their spouses. The nation watched the drama with fascination, feeling sympathy for the betrayed. What was conspicuously absent in all the media attention was the impact of the infidelity and ensuing publicity on their children.
Dennis Ortman, PhD, gives a voice to these silent sufferers, the children, the walking wounded, who may appear to function normally for years, but when they attempt to engage in intimate relationships as adults they experience trouble. They feel compelled to betray their partners, marry someone who cheats on them or remain emotionally disengaged in their relationships. Without knowing it, they repeat the brokenness of their parents’ marriage, playing out their roles in a tragedy, often exhibiting symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Cheating Parents explores the long-term impact of parental infidelity on self-esteem and provides pathways toward healing and forgiveness.
Dennis Ortman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the Detroit Metropolitan area for over twenty years, specializing in treating individuals battling substance abuse and emotional problems, particularly those who suffer the trauma of infidelity. Before becoming a psychologist, he was a Catholic priest for fourteen years. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a graduate degree in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He is an active member of both the American Psychological Association and the Michigan Psychological Association. He has authored four books — The Dually Diagnosed, a treatment guide for therapists in treating those with both substance abuse and emotional problems, The Dual Diagnosis Recovery Sourcebook: A Physical, Mental and Spiritual Approach to Addiction with an Emotional Disorder, Transcending Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder: The Six Stages of Healing and Waiting for the Archbishop: Memoirs of a Former Priest in Transition. He lives in Shelby Township, Michigan.
Nonfiction, 5.5 x 8.5, 240 pages
LC# 2013935929, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-456-7 (pb), $14.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-457-4 (eBook), $14.95