Every relationship has its ups and downs.
The honeymoon phase, the happiness, the cute nights in, and the sex – but then there’s the constant, constant barrage of repetitive arguments, the incessant misery, the sadness – but that’s just normal, or so I think.
What isn’t so great though is cheating – and this scientific study has found a way to see if your partner is one that is likely to cheat, and it’s huge, reports The Independent.
63 per cent of men and 54 per cent of women are in relationships with partners who ‘poached’ them from a previous partner.
The term poached refers to the act of somebody befriending you while you’re in a relationship and getting to know you while slowly luring you away from your partner until you break up and get with the poacher.
The study found that people who were ‘poached’ are ‘less committed, less satisfied, and less invested’ in your relationship.
It also found that ‘poachees’ are far more likely to be interested in seeking other partners while viewing them as ‘higher quality’ options.
Unfortunately for the 63 per cent of men and 54 per cent of women, if your partner is a ‘poachee’ then there’s a far greater chance they’ll cheat on you…
The study tracked 138 couples who had been together for over three years before coming to their conclusion.
The psychologist who led the study, Joshua Foster, said:
Individuals who were successfully mate poached by their current partners tend[ed] to be socially passive, not particularly nice to others, careless and irresponsible, and narcissistic.
They also tend(ed) to desire and engage in sexual behaviour outside of the confines of committed relationships.
But what makes a solid relationship? Being with someone who you know is there to support you no matter what happens. Cringey I know, but this is relationship psychology people not a UNILAD Romcom.