Why do people cheat? Here’s science’s answer
Why do people cheat? We often ask ourselves this question, either if we are unfortunate enough to be cheated on or if we learn of some serial cheater who, instead of ending his or her relationship, prefers to pursue others in parallel.
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To provide an answer comes science, which has discovered – it seems – why people cheat.
Of course, it must be said that the reasons why individual partners cheat are varied, as is the nature of the illicit union: one-night stands or long-term relationships, purely sexual relationships or strong emotional connections.
Men for example are more likely to report a primarily sexual motivation while women are more likely to be motivated by dissatisfaction with the primary relationship.
But here are the real (scientific) reasons why people cheat.
Why do people cheat? Here’s the answer
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The two factors that lead people to cheat
Think you already know why people cheat? Do you think it is something related to the couple’s character or situation? You may be wrong.
Researchers at the University of Queensland studied why partners are unfaithful and found that there are certain factors that indicate a person is more likely to cheat.
To understand the factors that lead to cheating, researchers interviewed 123 heterosexual people aged 17-25 years, all in relationships.
Although each relationship is unique, according to the study, people who cheat are mainly those who have had more sexual partners in the past, or who have impulsive tendencies.
The results, published in the British Journal of Psychology, show that people with these traits are statistically the ones who cheat the most.
According to the researchers, those who have had multiple sexual partners in the past are prone to be unfaithful and seek out other partners because it makes them feel good and comfortable.
Participants who had experienced sexual intimacy with more partners also reported a greater inclination to kiss and extramarital sex, the study authors wrote.
This inclination may be attributed to individuals’ abilities to recognize sexual advances made by others outside the couple.
Those with a very impulsive nature, on the other hand, may cheat simply because they do not pause to consider the situation, acting on immediate thoughts and emotions.
But there is a silver lining
Those who have been betrayed need not lose heart because researchers have found a silver lining to this terrible situation.
Psychological research, carried out on 5,705 people from 96 countries on the effects of separation causes betrayal and who benefits in these situations, revealed interesting results.
The study found that there are actually some scientifically proven benefits for those who have been betrayed.
Mainly because one is then no longer tied to an unfaithful partner (which is not bad).
And then also because after this experience you learn to choose better mates.