- Gender and Relationships
Gene For Adultery
The New World Encyclopedia Online defines Adultery generally as consensual sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than his or her lawful spouse.
Legally as well as religiously the act of adultery is considered a wrongful act.
Another term that is used in the same degree is Fornication which is defined in Legal Dictionary as " Under the Common Law, the crime of fornication consisted of unlawful sexual intercourse between an unmarried woman and a man, regardless of his marital status. If the woman was married, the crime was Adultery. "
Adultery or extra marital affair is morally wrong, and yet why do people still keep repeating the act. The most common reason was 'unsatisfactory relationship' with the partner.
For some this act of infidelity is just simply an act for fun.
But there are more reasons that drive a person to adultery via their unconscious mind and that is the gene that is present within them.
Gene For Adultery
New research has now come up with results to show that genes can also be responsible for this behavior, Desires and love is not the only reason for adultery but a gene DRD4 is also responsible for the act.The official name of this gene is “dopamine receptor D4.”
In a study by Brendan P. Zietsch, a psychologist at the University of Queensland, Australia,findings show that 9.8 percent of men and 6.4 percent of women reported that they had two or more sexual partners in the previous year (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/opinion/sunday/infidelity-lurks-in-you.html)
The fact that the body of people who carry this gene secrete more dopamine when engaging in the risks that provides pleasure, like sex for a one-night
ABC news also reported on this gene "DRD4 is the "thrill-seeking" gene, also responsible for alcohol and gambling addictions. The gene can influence the brain's chemistry and subsequently, an individual's behavior."
Even if gene could contribute to adultery there is another major 'force' that makes an individual to indulge in adultery and that is their Personal Choice. Most people knowingly enter into such relationship. They know that it is an unacceptable conduct but yet the desire to have a fling directs them to go ahead with the idea.
The person does not respect his partner and made their partnership by marriage 'impure' .
Reading another hub 'http://qeyler.hubpages.com/hub/Pre-Adultery-Mode', I was introduced to this term 'Pre-Adultery Mode According to the author, adultery could not be considered an accident but the person is ready and if someone comes onto the path with similar intention then they are just too happy to welcome the relationship.
Quote : 'Adultery doesn't just 'happen'. Clothes don't fall off after transportation to a motel room. The process is long and intricate. And every step of the way the decision is made; 'yes, I will proceed.'
For some the lack of control in desire or 'Sudden desire' to have a fling without any foundation. Extra marital affair is only one part as other sexual desires such as homosexuality is also part of impulse driven desires. Meanwhile sudden desires can drive people towards 'sexual crime'. This is refereed by many as 'irresistible impulse'.
Research were made on this behavior as early as the 50's on why such desire or impulse was present on male and female individuals and the findings were recorded in a book entitle 'Kinsey Reports'. Here, the frequency at which both male and female participate in different sexual activities were collected by way of personal interviews.
Although the research touches on many sexual related subjects, there is a finding in the book which I am quoting, 'approximately 50% of all married males had extramarital sex at some time during their married lives. while 26% of females had extramarital sex by the time they were forties.'
Kinsey, Alfred. (Sexual Behavior in the Human Female) p. 53. (Sexual Behavior in the Human Male) pp. 585, 587
Even though reasons are there for one to be driven into adultery, one should also consider the effects of their behavior towards their partner, children, family, friends and career. You can be robbing them of their dream, hope and plans. You could also be betraying their trust, after this they may never be able to believe or trust anyone else. Now lets see what you have done during this time, you have started to hide things, you have also started to lie to the people you loved once, snapping at people, stealing time to accommodate your hidden desires.... Oh My! you have started to grow into a monster !!