Sad Face Study Reinforces ‘Once a Cheater, Always a Cheater’ Belief

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Leslie Mann, from left, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton in a scene from "The Other Woman." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Barry Wetcher)
They were right.
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Bad news for cheaters — and the people that love them: New research suggests that someone who has cheated in a previous relationship is three-and-a-half times more likely to cheat again. The data comes from University of Denver psychology graduate student Kayla Knopp who revealed her findings at a symposium during the American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C.

Knopp surveyed 484 unmarried subjects, ages 18-34, and found the repeat offender odds were not only applicable to acts of infidelity, but also psychological and physical aggression. When it came to verbally and physically abusive relationships, aggressors were found to be three times more likely to repeat. And even more depressing, the victims in these scenarios were five times more likely to find themselves in a similar abuse pattern in their next relationship.

Same goes for victims of cheaters — those who have been cheated on are more likely to be cheated on again. So much for karma.

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