2 Reasons Why Men Cheat: From A Man’s Perspective

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Have I cheated on a woman before? I sure have! Will I ever cheat on a woman again? I would like to say no but not with a hundred percent certainty.

I have been agonizing over the decision to write about this subject for a while. I usually take a day, maybe two to write a blog however, it has taken a month to sit, deliberate and write about this topic. Over the course of the year, I have had six close female friends share their painful experiences with cheating spouses or boyfriends. In a span of three months, I have received dozens of emails from female readers who have shared their cheating experiences. A heart breaking conversation with a close childhood friend gave me the needed thrust to finally complete this piece. She suffered bouts of severe depression as a result of infidelity and in her struggle, I realized that I needed to write this piece to give some insight about cheating from a man’s perspective.

I am not a saint. After all, I have cheated. I am not here to chastise my brethren who cheat neither am I here to decry the perils of cheating. I am here in an attempt to answer the top questions most women ask when faced with infidelity. I will attempt to answer by pointing out the two reasons which, I believe leads most men to cheat.

Once upon a time I got caught when I cheated on my girlfriend. Needless to say we are exes now. She picked up a call on my cell phone while I was taking the garbage out. I walked back in to my apartment to find her on my phone talking to the girl I was with the night before. Her facial expression was enough to apprise me of the fact that I had been B-U-S-T-E-D! She hung up, sat down on the couch and started sobbing uncontrollably and all the while, she repeated two questions over and over again.

What did I do to deserve this? Why me?

I recall wondering why she was blaming herself. I was responsible for hurting her and I was standing right in front of her. Why was she not asking me first why I cheated? Why was she asking about what she did wrong?  Honestly, she did absolutely nothing wrong. I respected and admired her. Till today I do not even hesitate to state that I cared deeply about her. Despite how I felt about her, I still cheated on her.

It is important to note that the reason why a man cheats mostly has nothing to do with you. A man’s cheating has nothing to do with how beautiful, smart and sexy you are, how great you are in bed, how great a wife or how great a mother you are to his kids. I know a lot of men who took a step down in looks, personality, intelligence, etc. when they cheated. If you have been cheated on, I do understand that it is going to be very tempting to feel really bad about yourself or think that he is unhappy with you. Take it from me that most men do not cheat because they found someone better. It is a total waste of time to worry if he found someone more beautiful or someone who treats him better than you do. That said, I believe most men cheat for two reasons.

Reason number one is very simple; it is a new adventure. It is thrilling and exciting. It is a new and fresh woman. It is a new body to explore and a different sexual experience. That’s all there is to it.

The second reason why most men cheat is because they are unhappy with themselves. Simply stated.

Most magazines give a variety of reasons as to why men cheat. The excuses range from women paying more attention to their kids than their husbands to women gaining weight or letting themselves go after marriage. Most of these reasons are valid. However, cheating from the perspective of a man is not that complicated. There is no science or method as to why a man cheats. There is no excuse good enough to explain away cheating.

I cheated because it was a new woman and a totally different experience from what I was used to for over a year. I did not cheat because I was unhappy with my girlfriend at the time. Ladies, think of it this way. How does it feel to slip into a new dress? How does it feel to put on those new and expensive shoes you just bought? How does it feel to take that new purse out to a party for the first time? You have other dresses, other shoes, other purses. Yet, you experience a rush and excitement just by trying on something new.

I am not suggesting that men look at women as material objects. I am suggesting that men love the same excitement of trying something new when it comes to sex. Sex in this case is purely physical for most men. Most men may portray a loving relationship with a side chick but I can assure you that it is mostly physical. It is worth remembering that sexual variety is in some way, normal for a man. His drive to seek out a new or multiple partners has very little to do with emotional attachment. He just wants to try on something new and exciting.

Most men cheat because they are unhappy with themselves. I can’t state enough that it is never because of who you are as a person. That is a myth.  There are a number of reasons why a man may be unhappy with himself in a relationship.  It may be that he is unhappy with his career or he is having problems with those higher up at work.  Maybe he regrets marrying at a young age and robbing himself of the opportunity to sow his wild oats. He may be stressed out due to bad finances and his inability to be a provider and of course, there is always the possibility that he is unhappy because of you. Some men who are unhappy in a relationship find it difficult to talk about their problems. Most men do not want to be seen as weak so they try to resolve their unhappiness on their own. An outlet to relief their stress may sound very appealing with repeated failure. That said, a man who is unhappy with himself may cheat because the new adventure brings a physical or emotional lift that makes them feel temporarily better about himself.

I will share an advice I offer to most of my female friends who have been cheated on. I always tell them to remember that their responsibility is to themselves first, not to the relationship. It is imperative that their sanity and happiness become a priority. Think about what forgiveness does for you, not for him. Cheating permanently breaks the trust needed to carry on a healthy relationship. A fact that men already know and understand perfectly. The burden to make things right is therefore on the man who cheated, not you.

I tell my male friends whose partners have forgiven them for cheating not to become saintly and suddenly force to rebuild trust.

Trying to get a woman to totally trust you again after you cheat on her is like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube.

Forgiving a cheater and trying to rebuild trust in a relationship is incredibly difficult. A couple who experience infidelity feel the repercussions and bear the scars for a long, long time.

Ladies, a man cheating on you does not mean your life is ruined indefinitely.  I find it incredibly unfair for a woman to feel as if she did something terribly wrong when a man cheats on her. It hurts and it feels totally crappy, I get that. However, it is harder for a man to own up to his mistake when you keep asking what you did wrong. The two reasons I discussed in this piece are not excuses for men to cheat. The two reasons given is my attempt to help you understand why a man cheats and have you stop pointing the accusing finger at yourself when cheating occurs.

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Kwadjo Panyin…

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Author: Kwadjo Panyin

Kwadjo Panyin is a Ghanaian born relationship and lifestyle blogger located in Los Angeles, California. He holds three degrees; a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, an MBA from Franklin University in Ohio and a Masters of Science degree from Northern Kentucky University in Kentucky. Kwadjo is a business professional who blogs for fun. His articles are about the challenges of dating and relationship anomalies. Writing, blogging, world travel, and photography are his favorite hobbies.

10 Comments

  1. April Nego says:

    LOL, “Will I ever cheat on a woman again? I would like to say no but not with a hundred percent certainty.” this part really got me, nice write up and thanks for explaining why men cheat. I think it’s still not reason enough to cheat because you’re unhappy with ur work,finance or something.

  2. Papa Bills says:

    I keep on hearing that men are the cheat right, the question is who do the men cheat with?

  3. Emma says:

    Both men and women cheat. As a man, I know married women seek men who sexual relationship. Some even sleep with their drivers, security, neighbors etc. But then, they know how to cover their tracks better than men. I’m not saying it’s good for men to cheat but it’s good to know that some married women cheat as well. In addition, they have a perfected lie mechanism to avoid suspicion. Prayers and God’s grace is needed to stay away from this.

  4. Nadine Sinclair says:

    Your comments and statements are right on point. I have not experienced infidelity however I have spoken to and helped many friends through situations like this and other situations. Cheating can be a significant other, a friend, co-worker, employer etc. It comes down to breaking commitments. And as I read your article, I think about women and their constant need to be loved and when something doesn’t go right. I.e. They are cheated on, they immediately ask “what did I do wrong” I truly believe as a people we need to work on building ourselves up!! We spend a lot of time pretending to have it all together and deep down we are weak. Articles like this start the conversations that YOU are ok. It’s not all about “YOU”. Thank you for this…

  5. bossmama says:

    Bullshit. U cheat I dump you and move on. Life’s too short to be wasted. I’m nt some kind of tarred road that someone can use for an adventure. What nonsense is that.?love should be sincere.

  6. Esjay says:

    Bros, you sound like its ok for men to cheat simply bcos of some God damn adventure. My question now is since when did women’s body bcame places of sexual advenatures? Again why is nothing wrong with the men’s cheating act but a TABOO when it comes to women’s case? I wouldn’t blame u at least d society we live in gives u licence for cheating.

  7. tutu says:

    I totally agree with you

  8. Oma says:

    Good to know some reasons why men cheat on their wives. The point I want to understand is ‘ trying something new’. I don’t want to believe men should see any woman as an adventure,and in the case of marriage, it sounds like making fun of your vows. So it seems useless committing yourself or getting someone else committed to a relationship or marriage

  9. Amelia says:

    I know too many men who cheat but not even one woman who cheats. I can’t wait to read part two. because cheating is one of the reasons marriage does not appeal to some of us. What’s the point of dedication your life to a man if he will still go about sleeping with other women? When you point it out, the cheats quickly say “women also cheat” as if that justifies it or make it less damaging. I know I will kill my husband one day if he plays the cheating nonsense on me. mtcheww why saf? Men are just inconsiderate, wicked, selfish and greedy. Women have such beautiful heart. they serve humanity at the risk of their lives. Faithfulness is the least men can give yet… Thanks so much for being revealing. I finally got a comprehensible answer.

  10. Goddess Neffie says:

    Oh wow. Very insightful piece. Good to know this from a man’s perspective.

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