Cues to Infidelity
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Cues that signal one’s engagement in a romantic/emotional and/or sexual relationship with someone external to the primary relationship.
Infidelity is typically defined as an act that breaks the agreement of monogamy between two individuals who are dating, married, or in a committed relationship (e.g., Hertlein et al. 2009). Infidelity may be emotional and/or sexual in nature and entail involvement with someone outside of the primary relationship, such that there is a breaching of a subjective contract that the couple created (Fish et al. 2012). People engaging in infidelity typically define it themselves as “cheating” on their partner (Walters and Burger 2013).
Infidelity is a well-studied topic within the psychology literature. This attention is not surprising given that it may have harmful consequences for all parties (Altgelt et al. 2018). It is linked to...
- Hertlein, K. M., Weeks, G. R., & Gambescia, N. (2009). An integrative approach to infidelity treatment. In K. M, G. R. W. Hertlein, & N. Gambescia (Eds.), Systemic sex therapy (pp. 287–306). New York: Routledge.Google Scholar