As you know, men put a lot of their self-worth into their ability to provide. When the woman is the main financial provider in the relationship, a man’s self-esteem will fall. While you might think that it would be nice for men to have a woman who can help support them, it actually makes them feel inferior and feel the need to seek confirmation of their masculinity elsewhere.
Men might cheat on their partners when the woman makes the most dough! Besides the need to feel like the provider, men certainly need to feel equal to their partners. When a relationship becomes unbalanced in terms of finances, it can throw off the whole dynamic between the couple.
Women are also more likely to cheat when they are completely financially dependent on their spouses, but the rate increases threefold when it comes to men in the same situation. In such a situation, men can feel the unconscious primal need to assert their masculinity or even to punish themselves for failing to provide properly. This can translate into seeking sexual partners outside of their main union.
Men and women react completely differently in this situation. While men feel demoralized and look elsewhere for a sense of worth, the women who are making the financial contributions compromise themselves in order to help their guy feel better. Women who make more money will take responsibility for housework and even minimize their accomplishments so as to prevent the man from losing his sense of masculinity.
The fact of the matter is that men don’t mind being with women who are successful, as long as they themselves are providing more to the family. The closer men and women get in terms of financial contributions, the less likely a man is to cheat.
When men are the main providers, they feel secure thinking that their women are dependent on them and like having a spouse who takes care of them.
There’s no need to panic. Studies prove that most couples don’t cheat on each other. It’s just something to keep in mind if you make more money than your man.
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