Probabilistic Reasoning in Infidelity: The Role of Jealousy, Children, Marriage, and Separation
This paper is an analysis of probabilistic reasoning in explaining contributory factors to infidelity and correlation to other factors. The focus will be on the role that jealousy, children, marriage, and separation play in infidelity.
2. Probabilistic reasoning in infidelity
2.1 Jealousy and infidelity
Jealousy is cited as one of the most common emotions that leads to infidelity (Dutton & White, 1994). Speight and Bowlby (1991) suggest that when an individual experiences feelings of jealousy, they are more likely to engage in behaviours that could potentially lead to infidelity such as flirting or spending time with someone they are attracted to. In a study by Anderson and Green (2001), it was found that there was a positive correlation between jealousy and mate retention behaviours such as monitoring a partner’s whereabouts or possessions. These findings suggest that individuals who are jealous are more likely to engage in activities that could lead to their partner cheating on them.
2. 2 Children and infidelity
Children have been found to be another factor that can contribute to probabilistic reasoning in infidelity decisions (Emery, 2002). It has been suggested that when couples have children, they are more likely to stay together for the sake of the children rather than because they are happy with the relationship (Cameron, 1995). This can lead to resentment and a feeling of being trapped which can make people more likely to cheat. In a study by Johnson et al., (2004), it was found that parents who were not satisfied with their relationship were more likely to report having thoughts about cheating on their partner. This suggests that children can be a contributory factor in making people more likely to reason probabilistically about infidelity.
2. 3 Marriage and infidelity
Marriage has also been found to be a factor in contributing to probabilistic reasoning in decisions about infidelity (Doss & Rhoades, 2009). It has been suggested that people who are married are more likely to cheat than people who are not married because they feel like they have more to lose if they get caught (Levenson & Gottman, 1983). In a study by Allen et al., (2008), it was found that married people were more likely to report feeling jealous when their partner spent time with someone else. This suggests that marriage can make people more likely to worry about their partner cheating on them which can lead to probabilistic reasoning about engaging in infidelity themselves.
2. 4 Separation and infidelity
Separation has also been found to be a factor in contributing to probabilistic reasoning in decisions about infidelity (Atkins & Baucom, 2002). It has been suggested that when couples separate, they are more likely to cheat on their partners because they no longer feel like they have anything to lose (Buss & Shackelford, 1997). In a study by Gordon et al., (2001), it was found that separated people were more likely to report feeling desire for someone other than their partner. This suggests that separation can make people more likely to reason probabilistically about engaging in infidelity.
In conclusion, there are many factors that can contribute to probabilistic