Well, men don't run around with a giant C (for Cheater) on their foreheads. Don't you wish they did!?
But scientists in Sweden have discovered the next best thing: A monogamy gene.
Men with certain variations of this gene have a harder time bonding with their women, leaving them likely to stray or create chaos at home.
A genetic test isn't available quite yet.
But if it were:
Would you want your man to take the test?
If you are a man, would you want to take the test to find out if you have the errant gene?
What difference would it make if you did know?
If you've got a bad gene, is that a good excuse???? "But Honey, my genes made me do it!"
BTW- Paul Newman probably had the good version of the gene (see previous post)! Shaquille O’Neal, not so much.
DateSmart Tip: Until we do have a genetic test, remember that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.
To check your dating partner's cheating quotient be sure to ask three questions, early on in the getting-to-know-you stage:
1. Have you ever cheated in a relationship? How many times?
A serial cheater is highly likely to cheat again. Don't make the mistake of thinking, "I can change them. They'll be faithful to me!"
2. When do you think cheating is acceptable in a relationship?
In my dissertation research, I found that lenient attitudes toward infidelity predicted who would cheat in a dating relationship. Bottom Line: If you think it's excusable, you are more likely to do it.
3. Did either of your parents ever cheat?
We learn how to love at home. If you saw this going on with your parents, you're either apt to NEVER cheat, or think you can get away with it.
Want to read the full article about the Monogamy Gene from NewScientist.com: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14641-monogamy-gene-found-in-people.html
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