When you decide to be in a romantic relationship, you trust that person and you both agree to remain faithful to each other. But there are times when a partner ultimately betrays or cheats on their loved one. This can affect both the self-esteem and confidence of the person being cheated on. Situations like this can make you wonder if your partner has done this before or if it was just a one-time occurrence. The signs of a serial cheater are not always obvious. So if you don’t want to be stuck with an unfaithful partner, know how to spot the signs of a serial cheater.
A serial cheater is someone who repeatedly commits infidelity or cheating within romantic relationships, often with multiple partners over time, explains Dr Rahul Taneja, psychiatrist, Paras Health, Udaipur.
What makes someone become a serial cheater?
A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Sexual Health found that participating men and women who actively pursued or became involved in extramarital affairs hoped to improve their sex lives. There are other reasons why some people become serial cheaters. These may include:
• A lack of commitment
• Emotional dissatisfaction in their current relationship
• A desire for novelty or excitement
• Personal insecurities
• A history of infidelity in their past.
Signs of a serial cheater
Do you want to know if your partner is a serial cheater or not? You need to know the red flags.
1. Frequent secrecy
While locking your phones or having a password is quite common, serial cheaters often hide their phones or messages, keeping their interactions private.
2. Lack of commitment
Every romantic relationship starts with a commitment. You expect your partner to be faithful and invest in the relationship. But serial cheaters have trouble committing to one partner.
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3. Flirtatious behavior
Being friendly with others is one thing, but flirting with others often, even when you’re in a relationship, is a major red flag that you should be able to spot.
4. Emotional distance
It’s not just about sex, but a romantic relationship also involves emotions. If your partner is a serial cheater, he may become emotionally detached from you, expert says.
5. Constant need for validation
There are people who are always looking for attention and admiration from others. This constant need for validation could be a sign that your partner is a serial cheater.
6. History of cheating
Some people don’t like to talk about their past romances. But if you find out that your partner has been unfaithful in previous relationships, you should be careful.
7. Changing stories
Sometimes their actions can make you question their commitment to the relationship. Serial cheaters will give inconsistent or untruthful explanations for their actions.
If you’re dating a serial cheater, they may become defensive or evasive when you ask them about fidelity, says Dr. Taneja.
If you suspect your partner is a serial cheater, it is essential to communicate openly and honestly with him/her about your concerns. You may consider seeking relationship therapy or counseling to address the problems in your relationship. All you have to do is trust your instincts and prioritize your emotional well-being, as a relationship with a serial cheater can be emotionally damaging. Ultimately, the decision to stay or leave should be based on your personal values and what you believe is best for your happiness and emotional health.