The statistics I have seen are from the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy: • Percentage of men who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had: 57% • Percentage of women who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had: 54% • Percentage of men and women who admit to having an affair with a co-worker: 36% • Average length of an affair: 2 years As if that weren’t enough, they also cite the following: • Percentage of men who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught: 74% • Percentage of women who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught: 68% So what constitutes “serial cheating” in the addictive sense?
Is it simply a pattern of repeated infidelity over time?
According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Unethical behavior can trigger positive affect, which we [researchers] term a ‘cheater's high.’Across six studies, we find that even though individuals predict they will feel guilty and have increased levels of negative affect after engaging in unethical behavior, individuals who cheat on different problem-solving tasks consistently experience more positive affect than those who do not.
Many factors enter into the prognosis for serial cheating such as the characteristics of the cheater, whether the cheating is part of an addiction, the motivation to cheat and the motivation to change.
Cheating in general is so common that it further complicates separating out what is serial cheating and what is just the normal state of affairs (as it were).
He made it crystal clear cheating would result in an F, no exceptions. A close coworker had decided to branch off and form his own business.
He asked my professor to join him, and he offered him a senior-level management position, a comfortable salary and a stake in the company.