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What’s worse: Emotional or sexual infidelity?
The way you react to a cheating spouse or significant other might have everything to do with your gender. If the idea of your spouse falling in love with someone else makes you want to hurl plates, you might have female parts. If the thought of him or her getting busy with someone (sans love) bothers you more, well then you might just be a dude. Mars and Venus, indeed.
A recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior suggests that men are more upset by physical infidelity while women are more traumatized by the emotional kind. It’s easy to see why. Men do seem to get a lot more caught up in the physical side of cheating while women tend to worry more about the love.
When I think of my own marriage, I really do think we could survive a fling or a one-night mistake. I can’t imagine how we might survive a true affair. If he loved someone else, that would break my heart.