These addicts may carry on long term liaisons which seem to defy understanding.
• Another motivation that I commonly see in serial cheating is that of sexual self-objectification.
Cheating in general is so common that it further complicates separating out what is serial cheating and what is just the normal state of affairs (as it were).
The statistics I have seen are from the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy: • Percentage of men who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had: 57% • Percentage of women who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had: 54% • Percentage of men and women who admit to having an affair with a co-worker: 36% • Average length of an affair: 2 years As if that weren’t enough, they also cite the following: • Percentage of men who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught: 74% • Percentage of women who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught: 68% So what constitutes “serial cheating” in the addictive sense?
In this case the infidelity itself may not be a sexual addiction but may just represent pervasive pattern of immaturity, impulsivity, self-centeredness or antisocial behavior.