Is Cheating an addiction?

@gtdonna (1740)
September 23, 2009 3:06pm CST
Addiction is the inability to discontinue reckless or harmful behavior. Some professionals are reluctant to call cheating an addiction because it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what cheaters are addicted to. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
24 Sep 09
Is cheating an addiction or a habit? It is a difficult question to answer because there certainly those who continually cheat and have a hard time breaking the cycle and there are instances where a person may have cheated once and learned the lessons that came with the experience and have not had the need to do so again. So I guess it depends but sadly there are people who make cheating part of their regular behaviour.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
24 Sep 09
I think this issue is not really black and white- there is a lot of gray area. There probably are individuals for whom cheating is definitely an addiction, but I don't think that that is necessarily the case for all people who cheat. Most people who cheat once will continue to, though. I guess it's just one of those things where so many factors and emotions contribute that it's hard to say.
@mysdianait (65080)
• Italy
24 Sep 09
We are talking about cheating in relationships here right? If one or the other cheats then, in my opinion, they are not in love or able to love their partner. When two people love each other there is no reason to cheat the other surely? I have friends who cheated on their first partner but then went on to have a long-standing relationship with the next so I am not even certain that in can even be considered as an addiction.
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@Melbee11 (233)
• United States
23 Sep 09
It may be a addiction once you get away with it. Once you know your not going to get caught, then your one good cheater. I don't think it's fair to the one your with that they don't know your cheating on them. Honesty in a relatioinship is most important to one another. I can't stand somebody lieing to me. It would break my heart to just hear it. It's hard to get over an addictioin.
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@rosepedal64 (4191)
• United States
23 Sep 09
Hi gtdonna...WOW...Im not sure what you could call cheating. I guess it would depend on the person that cheats. If you cheat just once for some unknow reason then I think it wouldnt be an addiction. But you cheat several times then yes it would be an addition. I knew guy once who said that he loves women, and he always has some kind attraction to them. Because of this he cant be faithful to one woman. He has the addiction..This is really a great article. Have a nice day and better tomorrow..