If you're looking for a discussion about rainbows and unicorns, you've come to the wrong place. This topic is heavy, no matter what way you slice it. Whether you've been cheated on, cheated, or both, one thing that's certain is that cheating sucks big time.
This topic can be argued from every side, angle, and point. Some folks can rationalize or justify while others are steadfast in the belief that cheating is the worst thing you can do to a person. My opinion? Well, I think that cheating is far less black and white than people tend (or want) to admit. There's physical cheating, yes, but there's also emotional. You can have one or the other, or even both and thusly varying degrees of shame, blame, and guilt are involved. Punishments and crimes, folks, that's what it all boils down to. Just like murder isn't always cold-blooded, cheating isn't either.
I recognize that was an extreme example, but hey, we're all friends here, no need for social niceties. According to a new study the emotional toll cheating has on the human psyche is merely confounded by the results it has on the body—"A new study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, confirms that being cheated on and who you blame for the cheating can play a major role in whether you engage in risky health behavior."
Alright, that makes sense, but what of it? "One of the findings revealed a connection between mental health and health-compromising behaviors. People who experienced greater emotional distress after being cheated on were more likely to “eat less or not eat at all, use alcohol or marijuana more often, have sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or over-exercise,” M. Rosie Shrout, the study’s corresponding author, told PsyPost."
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