Cheating Out of Love

Eric Anderson

in The Monogamy Gap

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777921
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919062 | DOI:

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

Cheating Out of Love

Show Summary Details


This chapter discusses premeditated cheating. Here, it is suggested that after men first cheat spontaneously, they are more likely to plan cheating. For these men, it is suggested that they make a rational choice in weighing the opportunity-cost in staying with a partner, compared to expressing interest in exploring nonmonogamies with them. This suggests that men who plan ahead to cheat—not those who have emotional affairs—ultimately do so because they love their partners and desire to remain with them.

Keywords: rational choice; cheating out of love; long term cheating; premeditated cheating

Chapter.  4406 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.