There are several reasons why people cheat. Some people feel like it’s no big deal. They don’t take their relationship seriously and cheat because they feel entitled to. Some people cheat because they’ve been hurt or neglected by their partner and someone comes along who starts paying attention to them. They fall into something without intentionally looking for it. Other people cheat because they truly feel they are in love with two people. They don’t know how to give up either one, so they go as long as they can without having to choose. Then there are other people who become addicted to the high of doing something sneaky. They love flirting, sexting and sleeping around because to them it seems forbidden which makes it exciting.
Some people aren’t sure why they are cheating. Is it because they are unhappy in their current relationship but don’t know how to end it? Is it because they like the fact they’re getting away with something? Is it because they don’t believe in being faithful or think they can be faithful? Is there ever a good reason to cheat? I’ve been asked this question. I think there are good reasons to want to end a relationship, but I don’t think there are good reasons to cheat on someone behind their back. However, I realize a lot of people get themselves caught up in something without intending to fall in love or hurt anyone else.
Before I started counseling people I used to be more judgmental about cheating. I didn’t understand how people thought it was okay. Today I can see how complicated some situations are. How it can be hard to get out of one situation before you find yourself involved in another. I also see how people truly start interacting with someone with no intentions of starting an affair. How does this happen?
It happens when someone is going through a rough time in their relationship, which all relationships do at some point. They may reach out to another guy or girlfriend to talk about it. That person listens, pays attention and is helpful. An attraction can start to develop and before either person is fully aware, sexual chemistry is flying every where. Now this person is in dilemma. They don’t really want to leave their current relationship. They still truly love their partner even though they’re in a rough patch. However, they have started to develop feelings for this person they’ve been confiding in. It can become a huge mess in a very short time.
The reason it is hard to end something like this is because it hard for both people to be strong enough to walk away at the same time. One person can decide to cut things off because they know what they are doing is wrong. But when the other person has a weak moment and texts, things can quickly heat up again. Then maybe the other person decides to pull away out of guilt. Yet again, the other person reaches out in another weak moment and the person’s resolve to stay away disappears. Unless both people are committed to ending the affair at the same time, it can be hard to stop.
What usually happens is that one person breaks down and tells their boyfriend or girlfriend out of guilt or they get caught somehow. Then things blow up and when the dust settles either the original couple works it out or a break up inevitably happens. It seems so clear from the outside to just avoid these complications and say no to someone who is encouraging you to cheat. However, emotions are more intense than people give them credit for. They don’t always make sense, and it can be hard to say no to those emotions even when people know it may lead to major problems down the road.
One way to avoid getting into a complicated situation is to be very careful who you open up to. If you aren’t consciously out looking to cheat on your boyfriend or girlfriend then be very aware of becoming more intimate with people of the opposite sex, or the same sex if you are gay. Opening up emotionally to others has the potential to develop feelings and sexual attraction. It happens a lot to very unsuspecting people. I suggest opening up to people of the same sex or opposite sex if you are homosexual. You can also talk to a counselor or someone who has a professional boundary in place to avoid possible complications.
For those of you who are unsure why you are cheating on someone you actually really care about, stop and think it through. Is there something missing in your current relationship? Is it something you really need and can’t live without, so therefore it makes sense to break off your relationship even though it’s hard? Or is it something you can work though and live with? Sometimes it is worth the effort to find ways to accept and be happy in your current relationship. After doing this, it may not be so tempting to cheat in the future.
Life is complicated. There usually isn’t one crystal clear answer. Should you stay? Should you go? No one knows what the future will bring. It can be hard to make a choice not knowing what could happen tomorrow. We all do our best with the information we are given at the time. Trust me, your life could go in a lot of different directions and still work out just fine. There is no perfect person and no perfect path to follow. Just do your best to make informed decisions in your relationships and make adjustments as necessary when new information presents itself. Also, don’t beat yourself up for past mistakes. You may find that you cheated when you never thought you’d be the one to do something like that. It can happen. Hopefully this post can help you to figure out why it happened so you can avoid it if you want to in the future.