Men and women alike have problems with infidelity. Many people cheat when they are in a relationship and then are painted with the “Once a cheater, always a cheater” paint brush. The warning signs that your significant other is likely to cheat do not lie in just their individual traits, but in the traits of the relationship itself.
A study conducted and published in the Journal of $ex Research looked at 993 unmarried subjects. They were all between 18 and 35 years of age and were all in romantic relationships during the time of the study. The researchers asked the individuals about their personal traits and about the characteristics of their relationship, and then 20 months later followed up with them to see if any of them had cheated on their partner.
What they found was that some individual characteristics, such as having a high number of s*xual partners in the past or parents who were not married did play a role in whether they cheated or no.t. It appeared that the characteristics of the relationship played a much bigger role. Some of these characteristics were lack of commitment, physical or psychological aggression towards one another, and low overall relationship satisfaction. These were higher predictors of infidelity than the individual characteristics.
Having a few spats or issues in your relationship every now and then does not mean that someone is going to cheat, but the worse it gets, the higher the likelihood. Individual factors mixed in with relationship characteristics raises the likelihood as well.
If you do think that your significant other is cheating, try to avoid throwing around accusations or name calling. You will be more likely to get an honest response from your partner if you speak with them about your concerns while you are calm and rational. This can put you in a better place to stay in the relationship after an infidelity if you wish to do so.