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9 Reasons People Cheat

9 Reasons People Cheat


Bill MonicaWhy do I find it so easy not to cheat?

Maybe I'm not very attractive, so my options are limited.  Maybe I'm too jaded to go for the cheating opportunities.  Maybe I still have some mental wounds lingering from when my dad temporarily moved out because he had met another woman.  Maybe I'm too afraid that I've reached my sin quotient and one more big sin will keep me out of heaven.

Cheating is not a caught in the moment thing—if you are really into your significant other, you miss them when you are not with them, you don’t look for a way to hurt or deceive them.

I am just now patching up a friendship with someone I was seeing while they had a boyfriend (that may make me a cheater).  At different points she told me that she had broken up with her boyfriend, that they were back together, and that he was boring and I was fun.  It was total confusion.

I told her she wasn't being fair to herself, me, or him.

Finally, she said, "you just don't understand, there are things you don't know."  Thing is she's been cheating on him for a couple of years with different guys, and he keeps taking her back.

So, are cheaters born cheaters, or do certain situations cause people to cheat?  Probably a little bit of both.  Here are some situations that make people cheat:


I'd say this is the most common reason that people cheat.  It's tough to keep that edge throughout a relationship.  Things start off grand and then level off and then you both realize that it's still real life.  When you meet someone else, that inaugural excitement of a new relationship kicks back in.  


At first glance, cheating seems like independent behavior.  It could be interpreted as doing what you want, when you want.  But I would argue that cheating is a dependent behavior.  A cheater is dependent because they are not strong enough to break up with their significant other in order to get with the new person.


Sometimes life or a particular situation can get to you.  When the perfect storm of confusion is going on in your head,  you make mistakes.

Because They Let You

If any girl ever cheated on me, I'd break up with her immediately.  Forgiving a cheater is putting up with it, and starts a vicious cycle.  That person who cheated may lose respect for you and might continue to cheat-because they know they can get away with it, because you'll continue to take them back.


If someone is mistreating you, then your first instinct is to get away from him or her.  But sometimes it's not that simple-maybe you are raising kids together.  If you feel trapped in a bad relationship, it's only natural that you will run to the open arms of a person who treats you well.


This is quite simple- an eye for an eye.  Cheat on them if they cheat on you.  If they continuously hurt you or abuse you in some way, you do it to get them back.

Confirmation of Attractiveness

Sometimes when you're in a long relationship, or if your significant other is taking you for granted, you begin to wonder if you're still attractive.  Perhaps, because you were out on the dating circuit, you felt more attractive when you were single.  If you have an affair, you've proven that a new person can be attracted to you.

The Thrill

Some people just enjoy the thrill of cheating:  running around secretly, risking getting caught, and creating thrilling moments with a forbidden romance.

They Don't Consider It Cheating, Even Though You Might

Relationships have that grey area, usually right before you become exclusive.  He thinks date #4 is when you're "together," and you think date #2 is when you're "together."  If you haven't talked about exclusivity, someone may think they are well within their rights to see other people, even though the other person in the relationship may not.

I don't understand why people don't break up as soon as they have an urge to cheat.  Is it natural to have temptation, or is temptation a sign that the relationship is losing its fire?  What reasons would you add to this list, and do you disagree with any?  If you've ever cheated, why did you do it?  Could you forgive a cheater?  If you are single, but seeing a person who is in a committed relationship, does that make you a cheater?

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