Whether you are in a relationship or still single, you most likely have very strong feelings about cheating either by your partner or by yourself. Different people have different standards and thoughts about what constitutes cheating. However, one thing is clear is that cheating destroys relationships by killing the trust built between two people in the relationship. Despite the topic of cheating being an emotive one, you should know the facts and statistics regarding cheating to better navigate your relationship and have a healthy relationship built on honesty and trust. Here are some facts about infidelity that you should be aware about.

1. Physical vs. Emotional Cheating

Besides physical cheating, many people also regard emotional cheating as also a form of infidelity. On the same breath, studies show that women are more likely to engage in emotional cheating when compared to men as they are most likely to look for missing emotional connection and understanding by forming companionships outside of their relationships.

2. Cheating with Same Sex Partners vs. with Different Sex Partners

Cheating with different sex or same sex partners invokes different feelings. Studies show that men are more likely to be aroused if their partner cheated with someone of the same sex and angry if they cheated with someone of a different sex. On the other hand, women on overall would feel angrier if their partner cheated with someone of a different sex but more inclined to leave the relation if their partner cheated with someone from the same sex.

3. Different Feelings Regarding Sexual vs. Emotional Infidelity

Another of the facts about cheating is that when it comes to sexual infidelity, most heterosexual men are more upset by a physical form of cheating by their partner while women are more upset when their partner falls in love with someone else and hence engages in emotional infidelity even if they have not yet had sex with them.

4. “Once a Cheater…”

You are more likely to cheat if at an earlier time whether in the same relationship or a different one, you cheated. Studies show that people who were unfaithful in their relationship or in a different relationship are 3 times more likely to be unfaithful again in their current relationship than if they had not engaged in cheating before.

5. Repairing the Relationship after Infidelity

It is possible to heal the relationship after cheating by either partner. Yes, all is not lost after an infidelity incident, and if the cheater feels remorse for cheating and wants to change their ways, both ensure that all cheating has completely stopped and the victims 0does not ask sensitive questions about the exact details which may present a major obstacle in getting the images out of their minds, then mending the relationship can be done in a gradual manner. However, for that to be successful, both parties must be invested on repairing the relationship rather than one partner coercing the other.

Published by Calida Jenkins