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Gene For Adultery

Updated on January 19, 2016


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. "

Men and women who decide to flirt with adultery just once can become enmeshed in misery and unhappiness for themselves and their precious families. Joseph B. Wirthlin (
Men and women who decide to flirt with adultery just once can become enmeshed in misery and unhappiness for themselves and their precious families. Joseph B. Wirthlin ( | Source

Morally Wrong

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 (

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."

Personal Choice

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' .

Pre-Adultery Mode

Reading another hub '', 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'.

Kinsey Reports

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

Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (
Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ( | Source

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 !!


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    • Hazel Abee profile imageAUTHOR

      Hazel Abee 

      3 years ago from Malaysia

      I like you opinion that one should not mislead anyone into believing that that they will be committed for life and not able to keep up to the promise

    • dashingscorpio profile image


      3 years ago

      It's only "cheating" when one (breaks the rules) or issues promises and breaks them! Lots of people engage in "open relationships" and even open marriages. Secrets, deception, and lying constitutes cheating.

      Monogamy is {lifestyle choice} not a DNA code!

      It's not necessarily to lie to yourself or others about your lifestyle choices.

    • dashingscorpio profile image


      3 years ago

      I believe there are three basic types of cheaters.

      1. The Incessant Cheater

      This is someone who has probably never had a long-term monogamous relationship in their life. They get bored easily, love the excitement that comes with being with someone (new), the unpredictable. Their motto is"

      "Variety is the spice of life!"

      2. The Unbelievable Opportunity Cheater

      This person is not proactively looking to cheat. She or he may have a crush on someone, an old flame comes around, or a drop dead gorgeous person hits on them or makes it know they're available for a night.

      "This may be a once in lifetime opportunity. They cave into temptation."

      3. The Discontented Cheater

      It's (your) fault they cheated. At least that's what they'll tell you because you (stopped) doing things that made them happy, or you started doing thing that made them unhappy. You took them for granted/neglected them.

      "If you hadn't changed they never would have been open to cheating!

      I believe #1 and #3 are the most common. It's not unusual for #2 to confess weeks, months, or years down the wrong if they have a loving mate and the guilt of cheating becomes to hard for them carry around.

      The "Incessant cheater" could be said to have "Relationship ADHD" which is what some research is alluding to. However I also suspect a lot these people are guilty of being dishonest with themselves which causes them to make promises they have no intention of keeping.

      I've known guys who cheated all throughout their relationship, engagement, and night before the wedding who convinced themselves that the moment they slide on that ring they're going to be faithful for the rest of their lives. It's unrealistic to believe you can change a habit overnight no matter what it is.

      Another analogy would be someone who LOVES to eat cakes, ice cream, donuts, pizza, cheese burgers, French fries, drink soda and alcohol.

      For health reasons they decide they're going to give up these things for the rest of their life on their 25th birthday. Does anyone really believe that person will go to their grave never "cheating" on their diet?

      The fallacy a lot of folks have is they believe there is a "monogamy gene"!

      Maybe wanting variety is "normal"! Maybe it's abnormal to only (want) to eat fruits & veggies, drink only water, and workout 2 hours per day.

      Anyone who seen an episode of "Paternity Court", "Cheaters", or "The Maury Povich Show: AKA "YOU are NOT the father!" is keenly aware that neither gender is standing on holy ground when it comes cheating.

      Even lesbians report having their female lovers cheat on them!

      I believe if you know you love "variety" it's best to first admit it to yourself and then never enter into an exclusive relationship or marriage. Infidelity often happens when "Incessant cheaters" attempt to conform.

      Accept who you are and the way you want to live without misleading anyone into believing you want exclusivity! They're plenty of folks open to no strings attached relationships. We have over 7 Billion on the planet!


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