Sunday, January 30, 2011


New York (Reuters) - Half of men would forgive their female partner’s infidelity, as long as it was with another woman, according to a new study on cheating. Women, however, were less likely to forgive and forget if their boyfriend had been with another man, the University of Texas at Austin study showed. Researchers asked 718 college students to imagine being in a long-term relationship and what their reactions would be to several different cheating scenarios. They found that overall, 50 percent of men would likely continue a relationship with a woman who had a dalliance with another woman, while 22 percent said they could forgive betrayal with another man. For women, the results were reversed. If their boyfriend cheated with another woman, 28 percent said they’d keep him around, but only 21 percent said they would if he cheated with another man.

Published this month in the journal “Personality and Individual Differences,” the study concluded the participant’s reactions were based on basic jealousy instincts. “A robust jealousy mechanism is activated in men and women by different types of cues - those that threaten paternity in men and those that threaten abandonment in women,” said Jaime Confer, the study’s lead author.
Men, researchers said, felt more threatened by a rival male because of paternity uncertainty, whereas they saw a female partner’s homosexual affair as “an opportunity to mate with more than one woman simultaneously, satisfying men’s greater desire for more partners.” Overall, men showed less tolerance of cheating than women.

In this research, men showed less tolerance of cheating than women, and they were significantly more likely than women to have ended their real relationships following a partner’s affair. However, the study shows that some men may actually find a lesbian encounter arousing, or, as the authors say, “an opportunity to mate with more than one woman simultaneously, satisfying men’s greater desire for more partners.” The four defects of conditioned life that plague the human being are mistakes, illusion, cheating and imperfect senses. Unfortunately, as the age of Kali progresses, this cheating mentality will increase day by day.

According to Bhagavad-gītā, every living entity within the material world is eternally a minute fragmental portion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Mamaivāmśo jīva-loke jīva-bhūtah sanātanah (Bg. 15.7). But because of the influence of māyā the puffed-up conditioned souls become inimical to the service of the Lord and the Lord’s devotees, choose leaders among the materialistic sense gratifiers, and thus engage busily in a useless society of the cheaters and the cheated, a society of the blind leading the blind into a ditch. ... Unfortunately, the conditioned souls are afflicted by four imperfections, one of which is the cheating propensity, and thus they tend to exploit the concessions that the Lord mercifully gives to them in religious scriptures for their gradual purification. Rather than follow the Vedic injunctions ... the conditioned souls ... become more and more degraded in the ignorance of the bodily concept of life.

Purports to the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam :
Canto 11: “General History”
Chapter 2: “Mahārāja Nimi Meets the Nine Yogendras”, Verse 46.
Chapter 5: “Nārada Concludes His Teachings to Vasudeva”, Verse 13
By the humble servants of HDG A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
New Gokula - Sao Paulo, Brazil, March, 1982.
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