It’s no secret that there are societal assumptions and myths formed around the idea of infidelity. Although much of the world would like to think humans are destined to be monogamous, the reality is that we are not genetically built to enjoy just one partner. In fact, many scientists have theorized that it is worked into our human DNA to be on the consistent lookout for our next sexual partner.
This, among many other misbeliefs, is just the beginning of the common myths about human sexuality and infidelity. Committed to unleashing the truth about infidelity, we took a deep dive into the common misconceptions about affairs. Here are the top myths about infidelity that have been busted!
Family therapist Gabrielle Applebury once wrote, “adultery is no longer a deal-breaker in many marriages” and that “70 percent of couples actually stay together after an affair is discovered” (Rewire). In fact, many individuals who chose sex outside of their partnership testify that having an affair saved their relationship!
In some cases, the discovery of infidelity opened doors of communication that were never present before in the relationship. In other instances, the affair remained a secret while simultaneously providing the insight and satisfaction the cheater needed. Thus, making them more content, calm, and attentive to their spouse.
Many people make the mistake of associating love with sexual intimacy. While we do have intercourse with partners we deeply love, it doesn’t mean that sexual intercourse should be exclusively reserved for those individuals. Allowing our partners the freedom to explore sex with different people is, by far, one of the healthiest things we can do for our relationship.
Men and women who choose to enjoy sex outside of their relationship still care for and love their partners. It is a primal drive within humans to enjoy the company of multiple partners, and that definitely does not mean an absence of love in their long-term relationship.
One of the most prominent myths about infidelity is that the person cheating is seeking a brand-new relationship. That’s not necessarily the case! There’s a reason individuals who engage in affairs decide to keep their sexual ventures a secret— they want to stay in a loving relationship with their current partner while enjoying the occasional company of others.
So, if you discover that your partner has been having an affair, it is quite possible they were simply fulfilling a sexual desire. Loving a partner but also craving sexual experiences with others is natural, and they can coexist in harmony.
There are a couple of levels to this myth, and they have both been debunked! The assumption that women are hardly ever cheaters is a large misconception. Women, just like men, are sexual beings with their own set of desires. This includes fantasies of stepping outside of their monogamous relationships to be ravaged by a stranger.
Furthermore, a male or female doesn’t have to be unsatisfied with their current relationship to seek other sexual partners. In an article written by LiveScience, Sociology professor Pepper Schwartz stated, “I don’t think we are a monogamous animal. A really monogamous animal is a goose – which never mates again even if its mate is killed. Monogamy is invented for order and investment – but not necessarily because it’s ‘natural.'”
Gone are the days when infidelity is considered one of the worst things you can do to your marriage. In fact, some therapists consider affairs to be the spark that keeps the flame alive in some long-term relationships and marriages!
Among the top-rated transgressions in a relationship are physical abuse, financial abuse, and being an unequal parent— not having an affair. While misaligned views on infidelity can cause hurt feelings, it is quickly fading away as an ender of relationships.
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