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WHAT FACTORS OF THE PSYCHE LEAD WOMEN TO CHEAT?


Resource hypotheses:

The affair helps the woman to gain

- additional material and immaterial resources

- a higher status,

- Protection for herself and her children,

- Support for herself and her children from different men, when neither man knows for sure if he is the biological father.


Genetic hypotheses:

The affair helps the woman to have

- better genes for her child if she gets pregnant by a man who has better genes than her regular partner,

- greater genetic diversity,

- a physically attractive partner and therefore more attractive sons, which in turn ensure a higher probability of reproduction in the next generation,

- Ensuring fertility if the regular partner is unable to procreate.


Partner switching hypotheses:

Cheating enables the woman to

- to better evaluate a potential long-term partner

- to get rid of her regular partner,

- to find a better partner.


Ability acquisition hypotheses:

The affair enables the woman to

- to improve her seduction skills

- increase her self-esteem and thus make better partner selection decisions,

- to gain clarity about her partner preferences.


Partner Manipulation Hypotheses:

Cheating enables the woman to

- induce a stronger commitment in her regular partner,

- to take revenge on her regular partner for his infidelity.

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