“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Could you be dating a cheater? In most cases, if you suspect your partner is cheating, you’re more likely to be right. Need more evidence? Take a look at the common personality traits of cheaters and count them as a red flag when you find them.

1. Narcissistic tendencies –

Cheaters have narcissistic tendencies in nearly all cases. What does this mean? They lack empathy for others, are selfish, have a strong sense of entitlement and a bloated sense of self-importance. To learn more about the narcissistic personality, check out our blog post about narcissists .

2. Jealous –

Cheaters tend to be jealous of the other relationships in your life. They often go so far as to accuse you of being the one who is cheating. They believe their inability to be faithful is the norm for everyone.

3. Flirtatious –

In most cases, cheaters tend to be tremendous flirts. They derive validation from flirtatious encounters. They often see it as harmless fun but it is also a way of testing the waters and looking for opportunities to cheat.

4. Deceptive –

A cheater can look you in the eyes and lie without blinking. They have perfected the art of the lie. The line between the truth and fiction is often blurred for them.

5. Needy –

Cheaters always need more… more validation, more attention, more affection, more ego boost. In most cases, cheaters have low self-esteem and need constant reinforcement and reassurance. This constant need for more often leads them to seek out opportunities to be unfaithful to feed their need for attention.

6. Insecure –

Underneath their charming and flirtatious exterior, cheaters are typically insecure. They use extra-marital affairs to avoid feeling alone or insignificant.

7. Risk-taking –

Most cheaters are risk-takers in other areas of their lives. In their affairs, it’s the thrill of the chase and the risk of getting caught that fuels their adrenaline. They live for the rush.

8. Lack of morals –

Cheaters often have a history of cheating in past relationships and have a distorted moral code. They don’t play by the same rules as everyone else and might even have contempt for social norms and “rules”.

If you notice several of these personality traits in your significant other, the chances are higher that they have cheated or are prone to cheating. Their inability to empathize with others, insecurity, risk-taking and lack of morals mean they lack the qualities necessary to process the full ramifications of their infidelity, including how it impacts and hurts others. If you suspect your significant other is cheating, call Bulldog PI and get the truth you deserve.