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Once a Cheater, Probably Always a Cheater

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:23:12 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Cheating in a relationship happens. That's just a fact of life. But if you're the one who's been betrayed and are more than willing to forgive and forget, you may want to rethink your decision.

Kayla Knopp, a graduate student at the University of Denver, says that people who cheat are likely to do it over and over again.

In fact, after interviewing nearly 500 unmarried people between 18 and 34, Knopp found that people who stray in one relationship are three-and-a-half times more likely to have an affair when they move on to another relationship.

The researcher says this repeat behavior also pertains to aggressive acts such as "yelling, shouting, pushing and shoving," a bad sign if ever there was one.

According to Knopp, "We like to think that we can learn from our experiences and our mistakes, especially when it comes to love." But as her small survey suggests, people should try to think less with their hearts and more with their brains.

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