You're not alone if you've wondered, "why do I want to cheat?" A recent study in Social Science Research found that 13 percent of women and 10 percent of men have cheated on their current partners, and many more have probably thought about it. Having these thoughts doesn't always mean you want to end your relationship. There could be a lot of possible motives at play.
Though "I want to cheat" is that last thing anyone wants to hear from their partner, sharing this desire could decrease the chances of it actually happening, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Christene Lozano tells Bustle. If there are any improvements to your relationship that could curb your desire to cheat, talk to your partner about it.
You may even consider seeing a couples' therapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Meredith Silversmith tells Bustle. Otherwise, you'll either just let these underlying problems fester or deal with them by cheating — neither of which will solve them. People who get cheated on often wonder what was going through their partners' minds, but the truth is, our own motives aren't always even clear to us. If you've been experiencing the desire to cheat and aren't sure why, here are some things it might mean.