Does your man love taking risks? Is he easily sexually aroused? Then he might be more likely to cheat than a conscientious guy who takes a while to warm up, according to a new study from a University of Guelph professor.
The study, which interviewed almost 1,000 monogamous men and women, found that personality factors were better predictors of infidelity than demographics like rather than age, religion, education, and gender. That means that marrying an extremely religious or highly educated man doesn’t provide extra assurance that he’ll be faithful. Instead, sexual excitation and “concern about sexual performance failure” are traits of potential male cheaters.
For women, relationship dissatisfaction is a red flag: Women who are unhappy in their relationships are more than two times 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,” [study author Robin] 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.”
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