There is this popular phrase, ‘once a cheat, always a cheat’. Well, this phrase isn’t just a mere myth; it’s now being backed by research.
A study conducted by Kayle Knopp of the University of Denver found that People who cheat in one relationship are three and a half times more likely to cheat in their next relationship.
The study examined the relationships of 484 unmarried people between the ages 18 – 34. He found that “people who were cheated on in the past are also more likely to be cheated on again.”
The study also found that people who reported to be physically aggressive in their previous relationship had every tendency of doing that in their next relationship.
“Respondents who reported lots of yelling, shouting, pushing and shoving in one relationship were three times more likely to engage in the same behaviors in their next relationship — even after controlling for their partners’ aggression in both relationships. And people who reported being the victims of aggression in a previous relationship were five times more likely to report being victims again in their next relationship.”
The research was presented in 2014 at the annual American Psychological Association’s convention in Washington, D.C.