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Why Is Anna Staying with Josh Duggar? Paging Dr. Gail Gross

August 21, 2015


Pedophile preacher Josh Duggar admits to cheating on his wife after the Ashley Madison hack revealed he had two paid accounts. Duggar and his wife, Anna, were married in 2008 and have four children.

People claims that according to a family source, the former TLC “19 Kids and Counting” star’s wife will not pursue a divorce and ask God for guidance.

“Anna will not leave him,” a source close to the family tells People magazine. “As with her in-laws, she is turning more to her faith than ever. She and Josh are probably praying around the clock right now, I would assume.”

Dr. Gail Gross, Ph.D., Ed.D., M.Ed., is a nationally recognized family and child development expert, author, and educator, and a frequent expert called upon by Monsters and Critics.


Dr. Gross said the answers in situations like these are never easy.

Dr. Gross says, “Love has no boundaries and marriage has the capacity to help each partner heal their childhood wounds. So to sustain a marriage in trouble – where love truly resides – can move both partners out of the valley of despair into the light, where they can create a healthy relationship together. Counseling is the proper vehicle to help each partner find each other.”

Duggar on Thursday admitted cheating on his wife after reports that he had subscribed to the Ashley Madison affair website, apologizing for being “the biggest hypocrite ever.”

“While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife,” Duggar, 27, a former family values lobbyist who appeared on the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” said in a statement posted on his family’s website.

“The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country I was hiding my own personal failures,” he added, calling himself the “biggest hypocrite ever.”

“The pointing finger always has three fingers pointing back. And if you don’t integrate back into yourself your own disowned material, you are doomed to act it out.” says Dr. Gross.

She adds, “At the end of the day, you have to take back your shadow material, so that it doesn’t compel your behavior, and then you can override your compulsion and choose to act in a healthy way,”

The Discovery Communications-owned network nixed “19 Kids,” after disclosures in May that Duggar had sexually abused four of his sisters when he was a teenager, one of whom was under 10 years old at the time.

These actions resulted in Duggar releasing a press statement, saying he “acted inexcusably,” and resigned from his job at Christian lobbying group Family Research Council.

In an earlier version of Duggar’s statement posted on the family’s website said, “I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”  The reference to pornography was redacted in an updated version of the statement.

Duggar’s parents, conservative Christians Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who are asking for direct cash donations online, said, “When we learned of this late last night our hearts were broken,” they said in a statement.

Hackers this week dumped a batch of data stolen from the Ashley Madison website detailing millions of members.

Duggar is the biggest catch of the roster of paying clients so far.

A TLC representative declined to comment on Thursday, but said the network is still scheduled to release “Breaking The Silence” on Aug. 30, a documentary on child sex abuse featuring Duggar’s sisters Jill and Jessa, who publicly forgave him for molesting them in the past.

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