Why do men cheat? The answers to this question that you'll find online or that a cheater will tell you are the biggest lies we are told as women. The answers are made to make us feel as though we are somehow responsible for their behavior and that we have the power to change it.
Cheater/society: "All men cheat."
Mainstream media response: "8 ways to spice up your love life so he doesn't want to cheat!"
In this episode I'll be referencing the work of therapist Dr. Robert Weiss in his article, 13 Reasons Why Men Cheat and applying the Gumball Love concept so we can understand the difference between the lies and the bad dating advice, and the truth and good dating advice.
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Dr. Robert Weiss' is a therapist who has worked with couples with infidelity issues for three decades. As he reflects on what he's observed, he says,
"As a therapist, I find most of the reasons that cheating men use to justify their infidelity fascinating—because almost all of these reasons imply that cheating was the only logical solution to their relationship issues and other life problems."
These men are not men. They're boys who don't know how to communicate and blame everyone and everything else for their problems.
Some of the reasons Dr. Robert Weiss cites in his article as how men justify their cheating are...
But none of these reasons show a man who is capable of taking responsibility or who understands that no one else is responsible for meeting his needs.
I want you to think of his behavior as that of a drug addict. Because he really is addicted--to attention. So if you were dating a guy who was a drug addict, you wouldn't think, how can I change my behavior so that he isn't addicted to cocaine anymore?
No!! Because it's not about the drug. It's about him unable to make himself happy so he needs something else to do it for him. If he couldn't find cocaine (or whatever his drug of choice) he'd find something else to get the high and numb the pain.
In the early stages of dating, we get a little bit tricked, because everything is new and exciting, so we get a "high". But as you are with someone in a relationship for longer and longer, the "highs" get fewer and farther between.
But if you come into dating already happy and fulfilled and content with your life, you're not chasing those highs anyway. So when they go away you're still just going on about your life.
But the Gumball Guy can't do that. He LIVES for the highs. So when he's not getting the constant attention he craves, he doesn't know what to do with himself, so he goes elsewhere. When he says you're not meeting his needs, what he really means is he's incapable of meeting his own needs as he should.
Listen to the full episode above to hear me go deeper on what these men are thinking when they try and justify the cheating, and what the REAL issue is. I'll also talk about why you "not being enough" in some way is not real, what makes a good partner, and what you should be looking out for early on in dating a guy to know if he'll likely be a cheater.
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