Even if you have no personal experience with cheating, you still understand that it can be a soul crushing experience to have your partner be unfaithful to you. But as terrible as it to be cheated on, new research shows that there is actually an upside to it.
According to a survey of 5,705 people from 96 different countries, women who go through a breakup because of infidelity end up feeling more self-confident and develop higher emotional intelligence after six months to a year. So even though it feels beyond awful while you’re going through it, being cheated on will eventually leave you with “more self-confidence and more self-awareness, and independence in general” and it could even make you better at choosing the right partner next time.
Researchers explain that the woman who “loses” her mate to another woman will go through a period of post-relationship grief and betrayal, but that experience will help her find a better mate in the future. Study co-author Dr. Craig Morris says, “Hence, in the long-term, she ‘wins.’”
And researchers point out that on the flip side, the survey suggests that the “other woman” is worse off in the end and won’t have a successful long-term relationship, in most cases. So at least there’s that.
Source: Women's Health