Thursday, January 31, 2008

Valentine's Day Time to Expose Cheats

The lead-up to Valentine's Day is an ideal time to catch out cheating partners as they try to satisfy both their spouse and lover, private investigators say.

They claim the weeks before February 14 are when cheaters leave most evidence of their affairs, such as receipts for romantic gifts or suggestive texts.

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Sweating a Lie-Detector Test

I took the FBI up on its offer to subject me to a polygraph. It was a mini-test, 20 minutes to a half-hour, compared with the usual two hours.

At first, I was excited. Then I had some disturbing second thoughts.

What if they finger me for complicity in the JFK assassination? They could even get personal. "You don't really like the music of the Grateful Dead, do you, Mr. Heaton?"

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Money Secrets Can Chip Away at a Relationship

In some cases, financial infidelity is associated with something much worse — actual marital infidelity. Can cheaters be forgiven? Once financial infidelity is discovered, can trust be restored to a relationship? Hayden and Stern agree that it depends on the underlying reasons for the cheating.

"The deeper issue is, what's the health of your relationship? Is your relationship one where lying is no big deal, or is it a big deal?" Stern says.

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Infidelity: Desperately Seeking Someone

In the digital age, having an affair has never been easier. Author Angela Levin spent five months interviewing middle-class professionals for an extensive study that charts the rise of the no-strings-attached* relationship. In the first of a three-part investigation, she reveals why the UK is in the grip of an infidelity epidemic.

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Is Your Husband's Avatar Faithful?

Online infidelity was once limited to chat rooms and dating sites.

But there is rising concern that virtual worlds such as Second Life and Kaneva and role-playing games like "EverQuest" can escalate the potential for and extent of infidelity.

After all, avatars, or alternative identities, do it all: shop together, get married in wedding ceremonies and even buy property with virtual currency they purchase with real-world dollars. They can also commit crimes against each other, get divorced and sue one another in real-life court over in-game disputes.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Cyber Infidelity Can Be Damaging For Real

In real life, he is a successful 35-year-old business owner and husband-to-be. But on Second Life, the virtual fantasy world with 11 million "residents," his avatar, Lugh Dragonash, is a cyborg, or human machine, which can make it difficult to meet women, he says.

Not that he's looking. But he could, because in Second Life, you build your perfect pretend life, down to property, skin tone and a dream spouse. Even Dragonash's fiancee, who is 29 and unemployed but works as a go-go dancer in Second Life, has a boyfriend. She engages in cyber sex with him and, before you ask, Dragonash doesn't watch. And no, he adds, it doesn't bother him.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Infidelity Quiz

In a world where half of all marriages end in divorce, and many people are cheating or being cheated on, faithfulness suddenly seems like a very tricky thing. Some people may think it okay to cheat while allegedly committed to someone, while others know how to remain faithful to their one and only. What do you believe, and do you think yourself capable of infidelity? Take our quiz to find out.

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Broken Relationship Leads to Obsession

There is not much left of the life two people once shared in an Orangeburg home on Stilton Road.

"In the beginning of our relationship it was good, but then it just took a turn for the worst and it was so crazy how drastic that turn was," said the victim in this case, who asked News19 to conceal her identity for her safety. "I dated this guy and we dated for close to a year and probably after maybe nine months, he started showing signs of infidelity."

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Cheating is Often a Temptation

There are lots of ways to cheat in life.

Some folks cheat at a level that makes national news — think of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's videotape incident or the late former Enron CEO Ken Lay.

Others of us engage in garden variety cheating — fudging a tax return, padding a resume, copying from a classmate's test.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Jamie Lynn Spears 'Upset' Over Boyfriend's Infidelity

Britney Spears' sister Jamie Lynn was heart-broken after she discovered that Casey Aldridge, the reported father of her unborn child, has cheated on her.

Aldridge is reportedly dating another woman known as Whitney Seals from Magnolia, Mississippi.

Seals' brother, Kevin confirmed that the two have been dating for months.

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Some Faiths Show Higher Fidelity: Study

Where you worship -- and whether you worship at all -- could be connected to your likelihood of straying from your marriage vows.

People who identify with a faith group are less likely to cheat on their spouses than those with no religious affiliation, a new study has found. But even among the religious set, the odds vary according to denomination.

"What matters the most is being involved in a religious organization," says Amy Burdette, co-author of the study and a post-doctoral scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Those who attend church more are less likely to cheat, and those who have more conservative views of the Bible are less likely to cheat."

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