"True love is hard to find. Sometimes you think you have true love and then you catch the early flight home from San Diego and a couple of nude people jump out of your bathroom blindfolded like a goddamn magic show ready to double team your girlfriend…" – Mitch Martin, Old School
Most guys hopefully won’t have a similar experience to the one Luke Wilson’s character has in Old School when he arrives home early from a trip only to find his girlfriend cheating on him. However, the truth is that the odds of your girlfriend or wife cheating on you have increased over the years, according to an Indiana University study. In the 2011 study, 19 percent of women admitted to cheating compared to research showing that 10 to 15 percent of women reported being unfaithful in the 1990s. (If you're wondering, 23 percent of dudes admitted to cheating according to the study.) So, if you’re suspicious that your other half is cheating on you, your suspicion may be valid.
The most common reason a woman would cheat is because she feels taken for granted, according to Charles J. Orlando, a relationship expert and bestselling author, who went undercover as a cheating husband a few years ago to find out the reasons why women cheat, and Lisa Brateman, an LCSW, psychotherapist, and relationship specialist. So your best bet to prevent ever getting cheated on in the first place is to keep your effort high throughout the relationship instead of just when dating, notes Orlando.
Still, if you and your partner haven’t quite been in sync as of late and think something may be wrong, here are some signs that she may be cheating on you. The key word here is "may." If you can relate to a few of these, consider confronting her about it in a calm way—and definitely don't immediately accuse her. “To stay in a good place: Listen without judgment,” Orlando says.
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