Some people believe that cheating is simply a matter of timing, circumstance, availability and opportunity. When you mix those ingredients together, you create the perfect storm of potential cheating and adultery, in which virtually anyone is capable of falling prey. Others argue though, that cheating occurs mainly with specific personalities of people and that you can predict the probability of infidelity just by calculating some simple factors.
Even if you disagree with the latter, there is no getting around the fact that studies have gathered up statistics which do point to certain patterns in the behavior and characteristics of those who do cheat. For instance, one study determined that men named Wayne cheat more than men with any other name. And studies have been able to build a general psychographic for the cheating woman. She is in her mid-thirties, married for five years or less with a daughter under three years old. Studies also indicate that higher levels of education can help prevent cheating based on the assumption that education, working outside of the home, and earning decent wages helps to stabilize the home environment. But, there is a catch. There are specific careers in which highly educated people are much more susceptible to giving into the temptation of cheating. For men and women alike, here is a list of 13 careers that studies show the highest probability of workers who are likely to cheat on their significant others.
12 Real Estate Agents
10 I.T. Workers
8 Administrative Assistants
5 Stay At Home Moms
1 Financial Industry
Psychologist Dr. Alduan Tartt’s research on why men cheat determined that the more power a man is given, the higher probability that he will cheat. He says that this is due to three factors, including a high income, extensive travel, and routine interaction with highly appealing and desirable people in professional settings. Based on that criteria, it’s no surprise that men in the financial industry nail the top spot as workers with the highest percentage of cheaters. They make a ridiculous amount of money, they’re notoriously power hungry and ego-centric, and there is usually no shortage of attractive, professional people surrounding them.
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