Are You Doomed To Cheat?

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Science says some women are more likely to stray than others.

In the game of love, few moves are more damaging than cheating. And yet, according to one recent survey, 25 percent of women say they'd be willing to cheat if someone piqued their interest (only 9 percent of men said the same thing). Women More Likely To Cheat Than Men!? Here's Why

Studies have found that some women are at greater risk of straying than others. Powerful people, for instance, are more likely to cheat,  according to reseach in the journal Psychological Science. "We found that power increases infidelity mainly because it increases feelings of confidence," says study author Joris Lammers of Tillburg University in the Netherlands. 

That correlation between power and infidelity explains why more men cheat than women, says The Secrets of Happily Married Women author Scott Haltzman. When it comes to office politics, men are in power more often. Haltzman adds that testosterone may also be a factor. "Researchers believe that powerful people have more testosterone. It's correlated with drive and a desire to dominate. Simply being in power can increase testosterone levels."

So making it to the executive suite may actually raise a woman's testosterone. Add to that the larger network of men at the top and work travel that creates opportunities, and suddenly Ms. CEO is at greater risk of cheating than her cubicle-dwelling employee. Study Says Power Leads Both Men And Women To Cheat

Timing plays a part, too. Women report greater attraction to men who aren't their partners when they're in the ovulatory phase of their cycle (the most fertile time of the month, which falls 15-18 days before menstruation), according to a study conducted at the University of California. But only if the new potential partners were more sexually attractive than the primary partner. "This fits with a much larger body of literature that has demonstrated that at high fertility the features that women find most attractive shift toward features that are expected to be indicators of good genes (e.g. symmetry) whereas at low fertility they place relatively greater emphasis on more relationship-related qualities," says study author Elizabeth G. Pillsworth. In other words, there's a science to your fondness for a fine genetic specimen like George Clooney at certain times of the month.

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