Men and women re­act dif­fer­ently to in­fi­delity: Study

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As per a re­cent study, women and men re­act dif­fer­ently to in­fi­delity. If your part­ner has sex with some­one else, it is con­sid­ered in­fi­delity — even if no emo­tions are in­volved. But it is also con­sid­ered in­fi­delity when your sig­nif­i­cant other de­vel­ops a close per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with some­one else, even when there is no sex or phys­i­cal in­ti­macy in­volved.

The Nor­we­gian study shows that men and women re­act dif­fer­ently to var­i­ous types of in­fi­delity. Whereas men are most jeal­ous of sex­ual in­fi­delity, the emo­tional in­fi­delity is what makes women the most jeal­ous. Ac­cord­ing to the evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy ex­pla­na­tion, a man’s jeal­ousy is an emo­tional re­ac­tion to signs of sex­ual in­fi­delity. The jeal­ousy serves to re­duce the chances that his part­ner is cheat­ing, since he then mon­i­tors her more closely. The great­est threat for the woman is not that the man has sex with other women, but that he spends time and re­sources on women other than her. Evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­o­gists be­lieve that women are sen­si­tive to signs that the man is de­vot­ing time and at­ten­tion to other women.

The re­search says nei­ther past ex­pe­ri­ences with in­fi­delity nor whether we are in a re­la­tion­ship seems to af­fect men’s and women’s re­ac­tions to in­fi­delity. The study is pub­lished in the latest is­sue of Per­son­al­ity and In­di­vid­ual Dif­fer­ences.

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