Is Infidelity Linked To Personality?

Posted July 26, 2011 by

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There are many reasons why people in adult dating relationships cheat on their partners, but now a new online dating study has traced the common catalysts to infidelity and the results will surprise you.

Researchers at Indiana University and the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada have found that people in relationships who are not sure their performance in bed is living up to their lover’s expectations are more likely to stray.

They also found out that men who are more sexually aroused or also more likely to cheat, while for ladies, relationship woes and issues are stronger red flags regarding infidelity in the relationship.

Although, this research study seems like it is pointing out common knowledge, the research shows that demographic variables might not influence the “cheating curve,” but rather it’s a person’s personality that is to blame.

Men who are easily turned on or are nervous about their sexual prowess in their current relationship are more likely to wander simply because they are not afraid of not pleasuring a total stranger.

Women tend to be more emotionally-based with their decisions to be unfaithful. Women who are unsatisified or are discontent in their relationships are more likely to cheat.

Although, this study seems to only support sexual stereotypes, men and women do share something in common when it comes to infidelity–they are three times more likely to cheat on their partners if they are feeling sexually incompatible with them.

Of course, we’ll never know the root of infidelity because the reasons to cheat are different for everyone because it really has to do with an individual’s personality and not their genders.

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