Unfortunately, cheating happens. And while everyone knows that cheating is wrong, some people still do it. Here are eight reasons why partners cheat:

1. Lack of sexual satisfaction

1. Lack of sexual satisfaction

The most common reason why people in relationships cheat is that they don't feel satisfied sexually. Both men and women who cheat are hoping to improve their sex lives.

2. The desire for more sex

2. The desire for more sex

Some people have cited that the reason why they've cheated on partners is that they want more sexual encounters. This means, while sex might be good with their significant other, people want sex more often, even if it's with another person outside of the relationship.

3. Lack of emotional satisfaction

3. Lack of emotional satisfaction

Those who seek out affairs are attracted to the emotional closeness they bring. This is especially true if people are feeling a lack of emotional connection in their relationship.

4. The need for emotional validation

4. The need for emotional validation

Being appreciated is super important in any relationship, and it is essential for feeling emotionally connected to a partner and satisfied. The need for emotional validation might lead some people to seek out affairs.

5. Falling out of love

5. Falling out of love

Some people have reported that falling out of love is one of the main reasons as to why they have cheated on significant others in the past.

6. Falling in love with someone else

6. Falling in love with someone else

Sometimes people in relationships cheat on their significant other because they have fallen in love with someone else. However, this is not a common reason why most people cheat.

 

7. Seeking revenge

7. Seeking revenge

When people are trapped in an unhappy relationship, they might seek out revenge on their partners by cheating. But, this is usually a rare reason as to why most people cheat on their partners.

 

8. Wanting something new

8. Wanting something new

A few people cheat on their partners because they want something new in their lives -- in this case, they want a new sexual partner.

Once a cheater, always a cheater

People cheat for a variety of different reasons. Some are searching for an emotional or physical connection, while others want validation. Regardless of reasons, it's essential you have an honest conversation with your partner about exclusivity and commitment. Remember -- once a cheater, always a cheater.

References
  1. "8 Reasons Why People Cheat," Today, January 15, 2019.
  2. "The Eight Reasons That People Cheat on Their Partners," Psychology Today, September 18, 2012.
  3. "What Causes Infidelity?," Glamour, January 8, 20

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