Survey Shows Schwarzenneger Waited Too Long to Tell Truth About Infidelity

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"Seeking help for marital issues sooner than later improves chances of reconciliation and happiness", Tim Atkinson, Executive Director of Imago Relationship International, who adds that Swarzenegger's infidelity revelation years after the fact erodes trust and decreases the odds of reconciling. Imago relationship therapists conduct worldwide workshops to improve relationships. Early intervention is key to happiness and longevity.

“The most important lesson to take away from the recent Swarzenegger infidelity revelation is that a couple must address their issues before they are beyond repair,” Tim Atkinson, Executive Director of Imago Relationship International explains.

“Surveys from hundreds of our website visitors ( revealed that couples were hesitant to try couples therapy because they thought their relationship was beyond hope, they had the wrong partner, or that the therapy process would stir up more problems. This hesitation to seek help gives time for problems to get worse,” Atkinson advises.

A recent German study of 17,000 people found that 72 percent of couples that divorce show no change in life satisfaction. These statistics substantiate findings among Imago therapists, dedicated to repairing relationships and teaching couples connection and communication tools. “Happiness is rarely found in replacing one partner for another. If a couple fell in love, they might be very well matched but don’t know how to resolve conflict or know how to understand each other intimately,” Atkinson explains.

“Practically every couple goes through some kind of struggle together. We find that relationship problems—when addressed through therapy and in Imago workshops are the keys to finding deeper love and more connection,” Atkinson says. “While people believe that problems are a sign that the relationship is damaged or wrong, the opposite is true. Problems are the clues that lead to emotional intimacy.”

Atkinson advises couples to attend Imago workshops (available worldwide through certified Imago therapists) to discover why marital problems are unmet needs, and how partners can help meet each other’s needs. “It is an enriching process to watch couples transition from strife filled relationships to become deeply and emotionally connected. The key however, is not to wait until the wounds have become so deep, they are irreparable. Let the ruptured marriage between Maria Shriver and Arnold Swarzenegger be an example of how postponing solutions can erode chances of marital happiness."

Imago Relationships International helps couples restore connection. Weekend couples workshops are available worldwide. Imago has certified over 2,000 licensed therapists to guide couples to learn communication and connection, which was developed by co-founders Harville Hendrix, PhD and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD. Imago first came to public attention through the New York Times best seller, "Getting the Love You Want." Oprah Winfrey dubbed Hendrix "The Marriage Whisperer". Calling him "Her favorite therapist" Oprah has invited him on her show 17 times. Couples can start learning how Imago creates a better relationship for free, by visiting for online tools and learning experiences.

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