The Cycle of Ambivalence

Most betrayed partners
caught in the instinctual imperative to restore a sense of safety – either
through relational connection or relational protection – will experience this
tug-of war as a cyclical dynamic that they rotate through over and over again
during the initial aftermath of betrayal. This cycle can happen multiple times
in one day and can also be experienced as smaller cycles happening within
larger cycles.

Here is what the cycle
looks like.