The Pros And Cons Of Sexual Infidelity

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Infidelity is defined as “a secret sexual, romantic, or emotional involvement that violates the commitment to an exclusive relationship” (Glass, 2002 as cited in Hall & Fincham, 2006). It is categorized as the accidental encounter, habitual philandering, romantic affairs, and marital arrangements. Infidelity has numerous other terms, including cheating, affair, adultery, unfaithfulness, stepping out, extra dyadic involvement, and extramarital affairs. Extra dyadic involvement (EDI) is usually used to describe sexual or emotional relationship with secondary partner while in an exclusive romantic relationship. Sexual EDI or Sexual Infidelity refers to sexual activity other than one’s long term partner (Shackelford, LeBlanc, & Drass, 2000). It includes activities such as coitus, oral sex, anal sex, petting, and kissing. On the other hand, emotional EDI or emotional infidelity occurs when one’s partner channels resources such as romantic love, time, attention to someone else (Negash, Cui, Fincham, & Pasley, 2014; Shackelford, LeBlanc, & Drass, 2000). Sex differences have been in terms of reactions to infidelity by some researchers. In a study of Meskó and Láng (2013), women perceive sexual infidelity as less sensitive than emotional infidelity because the latter could lead to losing the person’s resources. Women reported less intense negative emotional reactions, and more forgiveness, if their partner betrayed them with a prostitute compared with a former girlfriend.
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