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What kind of man cheats on his wife? The results of this study may surprise you.

For men, significant predictors of infidelity are personality variables, including propensity for sexual excitation (becoming easily aroused by many triggers and situations) and concern about sexual performance failure.

The latter finding might seem counterintuitive, Milhausen said, but other studies have also found this connection. “People might seek out high-risk situations to help them become aroused, or they might choose to have sex with a partner outside of their regular relationship because they feel they have an ‘out’ if the encounter doesn’t go well — they don’t have to see them again.”

For women, relationship happiness is paramount. Women who are dissatisfied with their relationship are more than twice as likely to cheat; those who feel they are sexually incompatible with their partners are nearly three times as likely.

“All kinds of things predict infidelity,” Milhausen said. “What this study says is that when you put all of those things together, for men, personality characteristics are so strong they bounce everything else out of the model. For women, in the face of all other variables, it’s still the relationship that is the most important predictor.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your character is considering cheating on their partner where the character is a female. Write the same scene where the character is a male.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your personal experience with infidelity, temptation, or betrayal.

Art Prompt: Betrayal

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how they can create fidelity in their relationship.

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