People shouldn’t be judged on their past. If they were, Obama would still be seen as a pot head, Justin Timberlake would still be seen as a teenie bopper, and Britney would still be locked up in the mental ward. But when it comes to dating someone who has a history of being a cheater, should you let that effect your trust for them?
The saying ‘Once a cheater, always a cheater’ is popular for a reason. Most of the time people don’t cheat because they’re unhappy in their specific relationship, but because of external problems that they either don’t realize, or don’t care about.
If you’re getting into a relationship with someone who has had sex outside of their relationships before, protect yourself and find out the details beforehand. That way you’re able to clear the air and either get past it, or if you think you won’t be able to trust them, you can move on all together and meet singles so you can start a relationship with someone you can trust.
If you’re going to date a cheater, find out the facts!
FIND OUT WHY THEY CHEATED IN THEIR LAST RELATIONSHIP
Was it really the relationship that made them cheat? Who do they blame? Their partner? Themselves? Knowing the facts about the ‘why’ will help you better understand what you’re dealing with.
TALK ABOUT THEIR HISTORY OF IT
Was it a one-time thing, or have they done this several times? If they’re open about cheating on multiple partners, chances are this is a pattern that isn’t going to break with you!
HAVE THEY EVER BEEN CHEATED ON?
If they have, that’s probably a big contributor as to why they cheated themselves! Expressing that you’d never cheat on them is the best thing you can do to insure they’re not going to do it to you. Cheating can be a defense mechanism (‘I’ll cheat first so it will hurt less if they do it,’ kind of thing), so you have to play a good offense to insure they won’t be taking those measures.
FIGURE OUT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM
Let them know about your reservations about getting in a relationship with a former cheater, and try to find out together why they’ve cheated in the first place. Getting to the root of the problem is the only way to find a permanent solution, so if they’re worth the trouble, find out what you can do to fix it!
You need trust to make a relationship work, so get the hard part out of the way early on so you can concentrate on building a solid relationship!