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Why Women Cheat

Most women have affairs for very different reasons than men.

Affairs with Intention

Women are also less likely than men to have an affair that "just happens," because they tend to think longer and harder about the situation, experts say.

Women are also less likely than men to have an affair that "just happens" because they tend to think longer and harder about the situation, experts say.

Some women take time "to warm up to it," Marcella Weiner, adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College, says. "Going in and leaving quickly isn't their thing. Men can walk away more easily because their emotions are just different and it is unusual for a woman to want to have sex and forget about it.”

It may be an old notion that women are the ones who get attached in a relationship, Reilly says. But she sees that women do connect with their partners in affairs and think more about taking part in one.

"Women really can recognize the risk for them," Reilly says, pointing to the possibility of losing their partner because of an affair.

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Reviewed on September 05, 2011

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