Wouldn’t it be greatly helpful to have a way of finding out if your spouse will cheat on you?
You can imagine how much damage you would be saving yourself from, if only there were a way of knowing this about them. Despite the opinion you have about your partner, there is every possibility that you are not even near being aware of the truth yet.
You may believe that your relationship is going to last a lifetime, what you have is perfect and no way on earth can they betray you because of how strong a bond you both share or the long time of happiness you have shared with each other. It is just better to be sure about everything having a more dependable method of predicting the future of your relationship.
The experts from the American Universities have conducted several studies and researchers to conclude that you only need to study the unfaithfulness behavior of two former generations in their family, in order to know the likeliness of them being disloyal. The experts suggest that one of the best ways to identify unfaithfulness is “suppression of behaviors and consequential emotional outrage” it causes. Furthermore, being disloyal is identified as being intolerable for idealistic relations.
Then what is it really that causes people to be disloyal to their loved one and invite so much trouble in life?
Usually, people are inclined to show disloyalty to their parents but they also end up wandering away from their family at times. The aforementioned behavioral scientists also propose that the Social Learning Theory can help understand the patterns of inheriting the unfaithfulness behavior from the former generation.
If your parents have shown faithfulness to their spouse all their life, then it is clear that you understand the importance of remaining faithful to your partner and you’re likely to follow the same path. On the other hand, if either of your parents has at least once shown disloyalty to the other, you are likely to lose meaning about having a romantic relationship.
In order to gain a better understanding of this pattern of inheriting the unfaithfulness behavior, the group of experts held a few experiments surveying college students and adults online. The samples mostly came from the people in a dating relationship rather than marital. An instance of infidelity was defined as something they individually considered as an act of unfaithfulness themselves, in their opinion. In the survey, the participants showed how much they agreed upon “if infidelity could have a positive result”, “If infidelity could end a relationship” and “if it was okay to sleep with someone you are not in a relationship with”. Apart from this, they also reported how inclined were they to ever cheat on their partners.
The first conclusion they had from the study they conducted was that people with infidel parents were more probable to favor infidelity and therefore be more inclined to engage in infidelity themselves. In fact, their comfort level and faith in their partner had little to do with their reactions and hence outcomes.
The second result of the study was that what they thought about infidelity did not depend on their parents’ infidelity behaviors.
The third and the most important conclusion was that when a parent was involved in cheating and was very unconscionable about it, that is what contributes the most in causing the growing up the child to develop acceptance towards unfaithfulness in a relationship.
Parental communication plays a crucial role in defining the beliefs of a grown-up child, as depicted in the third conclusion of the study.
Adding further to these outcomes, parental infidelity leaves a strong impact on the belief system of the child hence influencing the opinion they develop about infidelity. Although the study gave promising results, it had some boundaries like it was based on the instantaneous response of a large audience and not consistent observations from a dedicated group of participants. Nonetheless, the study opens new directions for research and further analysis.