Why do people cheat in Relationships?

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Below are several reasons why individuals engage in infidelity:

1. Anger or seeking revenge:
Some people cheat as a way to retaliate or express their anger towards their partner. This is often driven by a desire for their partner to understand the pain they caused. In other words, “They hurt me, so now I will hurt them” is often the driving thought behind retaliatory infidelity.

2. Falling out of love:
The initial intense feelings of falling in love can diminish over time. While long-lasting love is possible, the initial excitement and passion are not sustainable indefinitely. But those first-date butterflies will only take you so far. When you first fall in love with someone, you might experience passion, excitement and rushes of dopamine from simply getting a text from them

3. Situational factors and opportunities:
The mere presence of an opportunity to cheat can increase the likelihood of infidelity. However, other motivations and circumstances may also contribute to this decision.

4. Commitment issues:
Individuals who struggle with commitment may be more prone to cheating. Additionally, the definition and importance of commitment can vary among individuals.

5. Unfulfilled needs:
In some cases, one or both partners may have unmet needs for intimacy within the relationship. Despite this, many individuals remain in the relationship hoping for improvement and fulfilment.

6. Sexual desire:
Simply desiring sexual encounters can drive individuals to cheat. Factors such as opportunities or unmet sexual needs may also influence infidelity stemming from desire.

7. Craving variety:
The desire for variety, particularly in the sexual aspect of a relationship, can lead individuals to seek extramarital experiences. This could involve exploring different forms of sexual activities that their partner is not interested in, even if they are otherwise compatible.

8. Low self-esteem:
Infidelity can be motivated by a desire to enhance one’s self-esteem. Engaging in sexual activities with a new partner can create feelings of empowerment, attractiveness, confidence, or success, which can boost self-esteem.

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