2InfidelityDefined as extramarital sexual relationships...are there other types?!Sexual infidelity doesn’t benefit society, monogamyis the norm because limiting sexual partnersstrengthens the family, ensures the greatestpopulation growth & the support & socialization ofoffspringMost Canadians don’t approveof extramarital affairs, a 2009poll found that 85% of subjectsthought having an affair was“morally unacceptable”
3Most men who cheat are unhappy in their marriage? True or FalseMost men who cheat are unhappy in their marriage?
4FALSE….56% of men who had affairs were happy in their marriage, according to a study by Helen Fisher, PhD, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University.By comparison, only 34% of women who had affairs were happy or very happy in their marriage.Men are more likely to give sexual motivations for infidelity and less likely to fall in love with an extramarital partner.Women are more interested in supplementing their marriage or jumping ship than men are.”
5Infidelity is the leading cause of divorce? True or FalseInfidelity is the leading cause of divorce?
6FALSE…Although infidelity is the main reason unmarried couples who are livingtogether split up, the same is not true ofmarried couples. Married couples oftencite being incompatible or unable tocommunicate as the cause of their divorce.
7Infidelity It is difficult to determine rates of infidelity, a 2001 poll showed that 12% ofmale & 6% of female respondentsadmitted to having an affairMen are more likely to have asexual affairWomen are more likely to have anemotional affairInfidelity results in divorce 65% of thetime
9Reasons for Infidelity Evolutionary psychology suggests that men are more likely to cheat due to a biological drive to reproduce (having more partners increases the odds of having offspring)
10Opportunistic Infidelity Another theorist suggests thatpropinquity, or nearness, canlead to infidelity. Whenopportunity presents itself manypeople will cheat, this representsselfish & immature moral behaviouras affairs are narcissisticSuccumbing to sexual desireDriven by situationalcircumstances
11Obligatory Infidelity Based on fear that resisting someone's sexual advanceswill result in rejection. People may have feelings of sexualdesire, love and attachment for a spouse, but still end upcheating because they have a strong need for approval.In other words, somepeople cheat, not becausethey want to cheat, butbecause they need theapproval that comes alongwith having the attentionof others.
12Romantic InfidelityOccurs when the cheater has very little emotional attachment to their spouse. They may be committed to their marriage and making it work but they long for an intimate, loving connection with a member of the opposite sex. More than likely their commitment to the marriage will prevent them from ever leaving their spouse. Marital problems have to be quite severe before a spouse will leave the marriage for another person.
13Conflicted Romantic Infidelity Occurs when people experience genuine love and sexual desire for more than one person at a time. Despite our idealistic notions of having only one true love, it is possible to experience intense romantic love for multiple people at the same time.In this case, cheating spouses, in their attempt not to cause anyone harm, often end up hurting everyone.
14Commemorative Infidelity Occurs when people are in a relationship, but haveno feelings for that person. There is no sexual desireor attachment, only a sense of commitment.Justify cheating by telling themselves they have theright to look for what they are not getting in theirpresent relationship.It is important, reputation-wise,that the present relationship last.The cheater does not want to beseen as a failure so they stay in anunhappy relationship and fulfilltheir needs outside of it.