Here's How You Can Find out If Your Partner's Prone to Cheat on You

We all know that seemingly perfect couple in which the partners always acted as if they were made for each other. We've been to their wedding, we've seen their kids grow up beautifully, and then one day, we heard the terrible news - they were getting a divorce. The reason for that? One of them had cheated on the other.

But how could this happen to partners who were so well-suited to each other? Leaving the possibility of an unhealthy relationship aside, there must be something that makes certain people more likely to sleep around, right?

The genetics of cheating

Scientists from Texas Tech University conducted some serious research on this topic, and after surveying people from various backgrounds, they came to quite an impressive conclusion. From the looks of it, almost 50% percent of the people whose parents committed adultery at some point had a history of infidelity themselves. Dana Weiser, Ph.D., was quick to do the Math and found out that the individuals whose parents had affairs were twice as likely to cheat on their partners than those with faithful parents.

The science behind it all

Dana Weiser, Ph.D

While not entirely foolproof, a casual talk with your girlfriend could give you a real insight into her family's dynamics and attitude towards relationships and commitment in general. The study we've told you about a bit earlier also reveals that you can inherit a specific dopamine receptor that makes you likely to be sexually attracted to more people at once. Pair that up with a "cheating is okay" mentality impregnated during one's childhood and teenage years and you get a person who'd much rather seek comfort in someone else's bed than discuss with their partner when going through a rough patch in a relationship.

Is cheating really inevitable?

If your girlfriend's parents have been faithful at all times, good for you, but don't worry if, say, her mother had an affair. This doesn't necessarily mean that the woman by your side has lost her faith in monogamy. On the contrary, there's every likelihood that she saw how much that affected the well-being of her family and learned from her parent's mistake, which makes her extremely unlikely to repeat it.

In fact, situations like these are pretty common, Weiser says. An individual's personality and dedication to a relationship are ultimately the most important factors in determining if they will or will not cheat on their partners.

What you can do to prevent cheating

Above all, you've got to make sure that you and your girlfriend are always communicating enough. Work hard to strengthen your relationship, don't get stuck in a rut and try to be honest and proactive about any issue that you may encounter. You know what they say - a stitch in time saves nine - and this applies to relationships too.

Also, bear in mind that the genetics of infidelity apply to you too, so it's not only your girlfriend's family history that you should keep an eye on, if you know what we mean.