What Makes Women Cheat?
While society and the media might lead us to believe that men are much more likely to be unfaithful to their wives than women, the fact of the matter is that it always takes two to tango. When one person is cheating, the person they’re cheating with is obviously involved in the infidelity. In addition, women are nearly as likely, statistically, to cheat on their husbands.
To understand some of the differences between men and women and what causes a woman to cheat, there are some things you need to know.
Women need an emotional connection
This need isn’t exclusive to women, of course, but women are often more conscious of this need than men. Men are more likely to cheat because of physical or sexual reasons, while women are more likely to have an emotional connection with the person they’re having an affair with.
If a woman isn’t emotionally satisfied at home, chances are that she may go looking elsewhere for that emotional satisfaction.
We’ve been told over and over again that infidelity is an evolutionary imperative for men, but not for women. This isn’t exactly true.
Among early humans, women joined a primary mate for childbearing. Yet, as the women went to gather food, they may have encountered other men, creating something of a backup plan to help rear children and gather resources if their primary mate would die.
Bad marriages lead to affairs
Women who are emotionally strung out because their marriage is in the dumps are more likely to have affairs, too.
The disillusionment and disappointment that can come after being married for some time can cause a woman to dream of a different life. Things aren’t turning out the way she hoped, so she is looking for some kind of an exit strategy.
In these situations, the affair isn’t so much the cause of the failed marriage as a result of it.
Interestingly, women are less likely to just fall into an affair than a man. More often than not, it becomes intentional. They struggle with the idea for a long time, and at some point they decide to go ahead with it.
So, what do you think? Do you know any women who’ve had affairs? What reasons did they give?
- Can a Marriage Survive Infidelity? (everydayhealth.com)
- Why Some Women Leave Their Husbands (straightforwardtalk.net)