Are We Fascinated by Cheating Because We’re All Cheaters?

Given the circumstances, I bet you you’d cheat.

Phoebe Kirke
The Secret Society

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There’s something about the forbidden that makes it tantalizingly irresistible. Cheating, in all its forms, has an almost magnetic allure. It’s the stuff of tabloid headlines, whispered rumors, and the driving force behind many a dramatic storyline in movies and television. But why are we so fascinated by cheating? Is it because we’ve all harbored thoughts of stepping out of bounds, or are we gripped by the fear that our partners might betray us? The truth is that our collective obsession with cheating is a tangled web of curiosity, fear, and the intrinsic human tendency to push boundaries.

Is there too much temptation?

Let’s be honest: we’ve all entertained a fleeting thought of cheating at some point. Whether it’s a harmless flirtation or a moment of daydreaming, these thoughts can creep in uninvited. The allure of cheating lies in its forbidden nature. It’s the proverbial “grass is greener” scenario, where the act of cheating is wrapped in the excitement of the unknown and the thrill of breaking societal taboos.

I remember a particularly mundane Thursday afternoon when a charming colleague invited me for coffee. It was innocent enough — until it wasn’t. The conversation…

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Phoebe Kirke
The Secret Society

Feminist, activist, sister, but above all, hurt. Writing is my path to living life to the fullest.