Recognizing that infidelity is a symptom of an unhappy marriage can lead a couple to patch things up and grow closer. We know that some people cheat on their spouses , but the question is, why do they take such emotional and practical risks? In a survey conducted by Loras College psychologist Julia Omarzu and colleagues, people currently or recently engaged in an extramarital affair were asked to report on their emotional experiences during the affair. The participants were obtained from a non-random source, namely a website directed toward adults who engage in marital infidelity.
However, the findings were nevertheless informative. The number of extramarital affairs they reported ranged from 1 to 22, with an average of about 4, and most of these were ongoing relationships rather than one-night stands, lasting more than 1 year and, in some cases, as long as 5. Nearly two-thirds of all affairs had ended on friendly terms, with as many as one-half of them staying in touch on friendly terms. The most frequent two reasons had to do with—you guessed it— sex.
The next two reasons reflect emotional needs. The least frequent reasons for engaging in affairs had to do with love—either falling out of love with their partner or falling in love with the new partner. For the most part, these findings corresponded to previous work on motivation for extramarital affairs—namely, that partners cheat on their spouses primarily for sex, emotional sustenance, or love.
Two additional categories not seen in previous research appeared in this online study, though, perhaps reflecting the nature of the sample. Again, this seems understandable, particularly given the nature of the website, on which people deliberately seek out an extramarital partner. Now we know why people say they engaged in extramarital affairs, but the question is—how did they feel once they were in them?
Were they as placid and unperturbed as the protagonist in the column? On the positive side, people who cheated for sexual reasons tended to be emotionally satisfied with the outcome. They also felt more energetic about life in general and felt that they were becoming emotionally more open. The price they paid for feeling more alive and open was guilt, shame , and disappointment. Anxiety over being caught, fear of abandonment by the extramarital partner, jealousy , and depression were other undesirable emotions.
However, a surprising number of participants said they felt no negative emotions at all. Because the gender distribution was so unbalanced, conclusions about sex differences are very hard to draw.
Why does that matter? Look at the facts here. This is simply not true. Many times people want to know the definition of betrayal. Divorce isn't the solution, particularly when the unfaithful spouse is remorseful and devoted to changing. I am so glad I found this article lacking any real quoted data instead of speaking with her directly. That is the seductive nature of the transgression.
These findings confirm what we already know about the differences, or lack thereof, between men and women in their sexual desires. The findings also show that a substantial group of people who engage in extramarital affairs are pretty good at shifting the responsibility away from themselves. Many claimed that the decision to enter into the affair was a mutual one, that their affairs were justified, and that they felt no guilt.
However, the extramarital relationships tended to be relatively long-term, and the participants treated them as important. Though a substantial number felt no guilt at all, the majority did experience guilt and anxiety, even those who engaged in multiple affairs.
Lack of sexual satisfaction in your primary relationship. This was the most common reason cited by individuals in the Omarzu study. Recall that the large majority of the sample were women. Both women and men who enter into affairs are hoping to improve their sex lives. They may enjoy many other mutual activities but, for whatever reason, the sex is not working out for them. Desire for additional sexual encounters. This was a relatively infrequent reason cited by the individuals in this study. For example, one man in the study stated that he felt he needed more sex in his life to reward him for performing well at his job.
Lack of emotional satisfaction in your primary relationship. Seeking emotional intimacy can be nearly as compelling a reason to have an affair as can seeking physical intimacy. Participants who stated the need for emotional closeness in an affair felt they were lacking a connection to their primary partners.
Wanting emotional validation from someone else. Being appreciated is a key factor in the emotional connection that partners feel toward each other. Partners may grow apart and, as they do, fail to acknowledge the needs that both have in their relationship. Falling out of love with your partner. In the grand scheme of things, having sexual and emotional intimacy seems to trump love. Falling in love with someone new. Very few people indicated that they had fallen head over heels for the person with whom they had the affair. Again, emotional intimacy plus sexual closeness seems to be a more important factor that leads partners to stray.
In a relationship that is already suffering, the desire to hurt a partner who is or is perceived as cheating seems to raise the stakes significantly from mere lack of intimacy. Hollywood enjoys exploiting this category think American Beauty , but in reality very few participants cited this as the main cause of their affairs. People who cited this reason felt that they wanted something new, and this motivation went beyond curiosity and into some type of contest to measure their sexual prowess.
It might have been less complicated for them to compete on the tennis court or golf course, but the allure of someone and something new led them to choose this particular form of challenge. Extramarital affairs clearly represent a complex mix of desire, anguish, and need for connection.
They may be the product of, or the cause of, the ending of a marital relationship. Happy couples may decide to experiment and, as Calhoun observed, find that their marriages survive intact if not improved. Omarzu, J. Motivations and emotional consequences related to engaging in extramarital relationships. Couples in great marriages who considered divorcing. With as large a population as we have, it is a ahame that the researchers could not have waited until they reached a larger and more evenly distributed sample size.
As a scientist myself, I would have found this study much more plausible with a higher "n". Why go into a relationship if you are going to cheat? The relationship is not solid anyway. Why put yourself in compromising positions? Anyone can be tempted, so why go there in the first place?
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I am not a jealous man, but I will not accept my partner rupturing our trust, and I will not consider cheating her in a manner I find so cowardly. If you choose to begin a relationship with another person, no matter how serious the relationship is, unless specifically stated or agreed upon that the nature of the relationship remains open, you have exchanged your trust, your word that you will not seek out sexual or emotional pleasure of anyone but her.
If the relationship does not bring you happiness, end it. If you still love the person, but no longer are satisfied or for some other reason cannot have your desires fulfilled by your partner, then you must end it or talk through it. There is no gray area worthy of consideration, there is no maybe. The choices may be difficult, but the value of your word, your integrity, the meaning you instill on love itself, they are all at the mercy of the way you handle relationships.
If you cannot stay true in your relationships, then I would not trust you for any other purpose in life. This is my opinion. I have to say that you've expressed my own personal views on this subject much better than I could have done. This is ancient but man, I couldn't agree more with you. Pisses me off that some people can justify it with some kind of idiotic reasoning, pulled from the depths of their air-filled skulls.
I like to think of a relationship as contract formed by the couple, there's no excuse for breaking it as the rules are clearly laid out there. It's driven by arrogance, superiority, and entitlement. Of all the available options honest conversation with their spouse about what is perceived as lacking in their spouse or marriage; professional counseling Infidelity is about poor character as the choice to cheat involves lies, manipulation, sneakiness, deception, disloyalty, disrespect, disregard and is often hidden behind a facade of 'good man', 'good husband', 'good family man', when nothing could be further from the TRUTH.
It's narcissistic; hedonistic; and a display of zero empathy for those who WILL be negatively effected by it. I am not a psychologist, but I am well read on the subject of infidelity and betrayal. Why didn't his faithful spouse cheat? Was it because the cheater spouse was oh so satisfying, fulfilling, and awesome? It was because the faithful spouse has an intact moral compass and character. There may be thousand reasons for people to cheat. However, to save a marriage is everyone's responsibility unless you have a valid reason.
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Last year I and my husband experienced me emotionally cheating I didn't ever do anything physical; strictly flirting. Others who aren't as exposed to cheating, may do it one time when the opportunity presents itself, feel remorse afterward, and never do it again. But rest assured, if you are dating someone who is truly remorseful for their mistake, they likely won't carry that habit with them into the future. But for a serial cheater, this may not be in the case. In short, getting them to change is going to be quite the challenge.
A Relationship Epiphany , tells Bustle. So if you're dating a serial cheater, take note if you aren't falling into a routine. They may carve out a "free night" for themselves, or they will find ways to explain why routine doesn't work with their lifestyle. Smart, but super shady. One-time cheaters are less likely to manipulate your relationship in a way that suits their needs. If your partner makes a conscious effort to keep their phone away from you at all times, they might be having an ongoing affair.
After being caught, one-time cheaters will likely be more transparent with what they're doing on their phone in order to rebuild trust. In other words, their actions won't match their words. If you don't feel like your partner is being sincere with you, trust yout gut. One-time cheaters will back their words up with actions. They will not only give you a meaningful apology, but will do their best to prove to you that they can be a devoted partner. While not all risk-takers are serial cheaters, people who have difficulties controlling impulses may be more likely to cheat.
As Graber says, "Risk takers may discover that cheating provides them with the same adrenaline rush as other risky behaviors. Because of that, they're less likely to seek it out again. Serial cheaters will give you just enough information to make you feel like you know them, but you might still be left guessing. If you want to know more about them, they might get upset and give you the excuse that they like to keep their life private. In turn, you might feel bad for "prying" and won't ask again.
Regardless of what they say, never feel bad for wanting to get to know more about the person you are dating. If your partner cheated one time, it may be more shocking to you to find out since they were likely much more open with you from the very beginning. While not all selfie-enthusiasts are prone to cheating, serial cheaters can be narcissistic, Graber says. Typical behaviors of a narcissist can include attention-grabbing behavior on social media. So if you notice that your partner is very into themselves, that's a red flag to keep in mind.
For serial cheaters, it's all about them and what they can gain from their affairs. One-time cheaters will care more about their partner's feelings and reactions.