There’s a positive side to having an unfaithful partner, new research suggests.
A recent study by Binghamton University and University College London found that women who’ve been cheated on are better able to spot the behaviors and clues of a philandering partner, and thus avoid future relationships with cheaters.
The partner of an unfaithful man "comes out of the experience with higher mating intelligence," researchers say.
"The ‘other woman,’ conversely, is now in a relationship with a partner who has a demonstrated history of deception," said Craig Morris, lead study author and research associate at Binghamton University. "Thus, in the long-term, she ‘loses.’"
The anonymous online survey gathered information about breakups from 5,705 people in 96 countries. It was the largest-ever study on relationship dissolution, spanning a broad range of ages, cultures and races, the International Business Times reports.
The study also implies that lessons learned from being the victim of infidelity expand beyond mating, fueling a wiser outlook and personal growth in "other realms" of life, too. Are you writing your ex a thank-you note yet?
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