The issue of infidelity is one that never fails to captivate, intrigue and frustrate. While most cultures condemn the act, similarity ends there. Different populations and individuals differ in their understanding of what constitutes an act of infidelity.
Even less consensus exists when it comes to appreciating the causes of infidelity,causes which are considerably muddied by the shame and fear of repercussions which surround the act.
For those whose hormones have not nullified their logic circuits, some find that the decision to stray, or not to stray can be viewed as one views an investment. If money, time and energy spent on a relationship can not be retrieved, it may be best to forgo the infidelity.
- It seems like everyone, including the scientific community, has been trying to figure out why romantic partners cheat on each other.
- Cheating is a difficult thing to study because the people involved tend to be secretive and attempt to rationalize their behavior rather than take accountability for it.
- Interestingly enough, parental infidelity is a predictor of an individual’s own infidelity, although this certainly isn’t always the case.
“These difficulties notwithstanding, psychological theorists and researchers have ventured to understand and explain the phenomenon looking for predictors of infidelity and the motivating forces behind it.”