Advice for Gene Simmons jh13a

I watched with great interest the first episode of Gene Simmons show two days ago when his wife left him because of his repeated unfaithfulness.

Nerve editors are divided on the subject of Chelsea Handler, by which I mean that I find her kind of funny and Ben made a barfy face when I said her name. But he too chuckled at this clip, in which the vodka-loving comedienne sits bloated narcissist Gene Simmons down on her stage and then tears into him for sleeping around.

Simmons’ longtime partner, Shannon Tweed, is sitting in the audience, and probably the funniest moment of this clip involves her jumping into the conversation; I won’t spoil it. Suffice to say, you may find Chelsea Handler abrasive, but it’s nice to see someone actually get Gene Simmons to shut up.

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Below is an excellent article that may be helpful in a time like this:

Avoiding and Ending an Affair

Meeting your spouse’s needs is one way to avoid infidelity.

by Brad Lewis, David Sanford
What can spouses do to safeguard their marriage? In his book, His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage, Dr. Willard Harley says that the marriages most susceptible to infidelity are those where one or both spouses fail to meet their partners’ primary needs. For wives, those needs are affection, conversation, honesty and openness, financial commitment and family commitment. Husbands’ primary needs are sexual fulfillment, recreational companionship, an attractive spouse, domestic support and admiration.

Ways to Avoid Affairs

If you’ve only reached the point of temptation, but you haven’t acted on it yet, make changes in your life so that it doesn’t go any farther. Some ideas:

  • Avoid spending time alone with people of the opposite sex. If you struggle with fantasizing about a sexual relationship with a particular person, stay away from the temptation by staying away from that person.
  • Refuse to act on (or even reveal) feelings of attraction to someone other than your spouse. Don’t share details of your marriage relationship — particularly problems — with a member of the opposite sex.
  • Avoid outside influences and environments — such as business parties and private lunches, especially where drinking is involved — that could encourage infidelity.
  • Make your spouse your top priority. Talk about problems and concerns and work through them together. Get joint counseling to help if necessary. If your spouse is angry or won’t go to counseling, go by yourself. As he or she sees changes in you, your spouse might soften.
  • Change your attitude about your marriage. See it as a commitment that can’t be broken. Love flourishes in a relationship where there is complete trust, respect, and acceptance. Have fun with your spouse. Date each other again. How would you treat that person differently if you were trying to win his or her affections for the first time?

If You’re in an Affair and Want Out

While it won’t be easy, your marriage may be able to survive an affair if you work at it.

  • Ask for forgiveness from your spouse. Keep in mind that when you confess your affair to your spouse, it might be a big relief to you, but it will be just the beginning of the heartache, pain, and distrust for him or her. It may take years of counseling and work to regain that person’s trust. While you’ll want to move on, seeking forgiveness is more than a one-time act; for your spouse to grant you forgiveness is certainly a long process. You can’t try to rush through the emotional healing process.
  • Don’t be afraid to seek help and support. Get counseling from a minister or a professional counselor who can help you work through issues of lying, betrayal, mistrust, etc.
  • Change your environment if necessary. If the affair happened at work, as hard as it is to take this step, maybe you need to find a different job. If it happened with a neighbor, maybe you need to move.

The good news is that infidelity doesn’t have to be a marriage-killer. When couples are determined to work through the pain of adultery, to end the affair, to forgive and to seek counseling, their unions can often be restored.

If Your Spouse is Having an Affair

After discovering that your spouse has been unfaithful, you’ll likely experience a torrent of conflicting emotions. Here are some important things to keep in mind as you sort through your feelings.

  • Don’t give in to the extremes of “love-hate” feelings. Don’t immediately demand a divorce. Instead, affirm your desire to do whatever it takes to rebuild a healthy, vibrant marriage.
  • Don’t give in to the extremes of “all my fault” or “all your fault” thinking. Don’t insist on knowing why your spouse has been having an affair. Instead, ask if he or she is willing to start over.
  • At this point, you need to turn to others who can help you. Don’t ask a mutual friend or relative. Instead, ask an objective party who is in a position to help. That person might be an experienced senior pastor, certified Christian counselor, or respected marriage ministry.
  • Cling to the promise that — with God’s help — even the most broken marriage can be saved.
  • Remember, nobody wakes up one day and suddenly decides to have an extramarital affair. A person has been unfaithful in heart and mind long before he or she begins an affair.
  • Be patient. It takes time to begin to rebuild trust, love and commitment.
Copyright © 2002,2004, Brad Lewis and Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.
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