Liar, liar pants on . . . pants off? Just how much cheating is going on these days in the United States? I have seen statistics everywhere from 25-60% of married individuals having engaged in or being immersed in a life rife with extramarital affairs. The statistics are all over the board because, of course, not everyone raises their hand when asked if they “did it” with someone other than their spouse. Even at 25%, though, this is a big number. Having spent years in the divorce business, though, I’m not surprised. I can tell you from experience that I could play country music in my office lobby and at least half my clients would feel that they were singing about them!
Who are these cheaters and what factors lead to this disruptive act? Many experts believe it is not so much the individual’s character but is, instead, a natural instinct. For men, it makes biological sense. For women, I’m not so sure, but who knows? Most experts say, for the philandering-woman, she sleeps with other men because she is looking for “emotional” support where there is none at home. When it gets right down to it, though, men also play around to get attention when their wives are too busy with all of the details of life and work and mommy-ing to give the attention and affection those men need. Everyone seems to be looking for love – in all the wrong places!
Many experts believe that the only reason the statistics aren’t higher is because some married individuals are simply never presented with the opportunity to cheat! Some of the factors inhibiting the animal in all of us are:
• how much free time you have out of the sight of your spouse;
• the number of members of the opposite sex that you run into each day;
• your bond to your spouse (that’s the best one),
• whether you have a vast wealth of moral character; and
• where you fit in on the scale of ugliness and charm!
If you are thinking about “putting your boots under the wrong bed”, get a divorce first. Otherwise, you are will end up being the “bad guy” or “bad girl” even if your heart felt it had no choice. Talk with your spouse. Get some therapy. Or, suffer the consequences. Divorce is tough and no divorce is tougher than when adultery is the big angry elephant in the room.