Research out of Florida State University found that people who were insecure in their relationships were more likely to be unfaithful or cheat, according to a new study.


Married couples have a higher rate of infidelity when one of the parties is needy and worries he or she will be abandoned, researchers said.

People who are needy and insecure when it comes to relationships are more likely to be unfaithful, according to a recent study.

A team at Florida State University checked in with 207 newlywed couples six times over four years. The pairs were asked about how secure or insecure they felt in their relationships and about their marital satisfaction.

The researchers found that the people who worried their husband or wife would leave them were more likely to cheat — or be cheated on. Infidelity rates were highest in couples where either partner feared abandonment.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne explained in an article for Psychology Today that these findings match up with something known as “attachment theory.” People typically have one of three attachment styles depending on their childhood relationships: secure, anxious or avoidant.

Those with the “secure” attachment style are comfortable trusting and relying on their partners. People with the “anxious” attachment style are afraid their significant other will leave them and the “avoidant” types would rather remain independent.

Couples with a husband or wife who had an avoidant attachment style actually had the lowest rates of infidelity, according to the study.

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