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The answer seems to be common sense. Ask anyone about whether having an affair affects marriage and they will likely say that infidelity is severely damaging. So what has been the view of family scientists and clinicians?
Going astray for a woman is much bigger a deal than a man cheating on his wife. A woman is very invested in her relationships. Though times are changing, and women have done extremely well for themselves on the economic front, she still remains rooted in her belief system and values.
Evolutionary theory, gender differences, stereotype, media myth and cultural expectations invite us to recognize that men have more sexual desire than women both in frequency and intensity, are wired to have many partners, have more difficulty with monogamy and that as such, married men are more likely to have affairs than married women. The reality is that while married men have more affairs than married women —The difference is not that great. The other reality is that while extra-marital affairs by definition involve a romantic and emotional relationship that has a sexual or sexualized component, research suggests that sexual drive is not the primary reason married men have affairs. Based on interviews with cheating and non-cheating husbands, M.
Maybe they were drunk, maybe they felt unfulfilled or maybe they were looking for a way out of the relationship. To answer the question, Ashley Madison — an extramarital affairs dating site — asked unfaithful men and women to reveal why they play away from home and it turns out the process is far more premeditated than first thought. When we think of someone cheating, it often involves picking up a stranger at a bar but, out of the men questioned, 27 per cent admitted that they would approach a friend or co-worker if they were unhappy in their current setup.
Cheating happens. And according to Dr. Fran WalfishBeverly Hills-based family and relationship psychotherapist and author of The Self-Aware Parentmen are more prone to straying than women are.
We believe a romantic partner is there to provide us with love, comfort and security. So people are quick to make judgements and lay blame on perpetrators of what they see as a significant violation of relationship norms and betrayal of trust. Infidelity highlights the potential fragility of our closest and most important of relationships.
L ove and happiness are certainly important to me in my year marriage to Stephen. They are also important to me in my nine-year affair with Michael. I know people have affairs for all sorts of reasons and think ultimately that they have a goal in mind — the end of their marriage, a lasting new relationship or a complete change to what they see as a boring life. I want no drama disrupting my family.
Verified by Psychology Today. Fulfillment at Any Age. When does extramarital friendship cross the line over to infidelity?
Most people think that affairs are about steamy sexual encounters. You will be surprised to find out that they are not! What is it about finding out that your partner is having an affair that unlocks the floodgates of emotion; emotions so strong and intense that they seem foreign and often disturbing even to those who experience them?