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As the saying goes, "once a cheater, always a cheater. If your partner has cheated beforeyou might be wondering if anything's stopping them doing it again.

Will they continue their old patterns from past relationships? And sneak around behind your back? Well, the tough truth is this: there really is no way to know. Josh Klapowtells Bustle.

So the risk we take in any relationship is infidelity. There will always be some degree of unpredictability, since you can't control what other people do. There are also so many factors that can contribute to cheatingmaking it even more difficult to fully understand. If a person has a history of infidelity, it might increase the risk that they'll fall back into old patterns. But it also might mean they've learned from their mistake s.

Here are a few s they'll be able to leave that all behind, so you can have a healthier relationship.

Once a cheater, always a cheater: correct

While you two don't need to discuss everything that happened before your relationship began, it is a good if your partner is willing to talk about their past, and wants to be honest about any mistakes they've made. If your partner opens up about their history of infidelity, and doesn't try to brush it off as no big deal, it shows a level of honesty that may mean the chances of them cheating again in the future will be far less likely.

Hardly anybody cheats just because they want to have a little sex on the side. Most people do it for deer reasons, or due to underlying issues.

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So if your partner can figure out why they cheated, and if they're working to resolve those problems, they may be less likely to do it again. Or maybe drinking was a trigger and they've decided to get help. Or perhaps they've noticed they have a pattern of cheating and now they're in therapy to figure it out.

No matter what the root cause, you want to see that they are addressing the issue so it doesn't happen again.

If your partner has gotten to the root cause of why they cheated, and understands why it was wrong, there's hope that they're trying to break old habits. And this is even more likely to be true if they can talk about it in an articulate way, meaning they really and truly understand what led up to the affair, and why they went through with it.

If they understand and can express the role they played in it all, it means they'll be able to notice those same thoughts, should they start to form again, and put a stop to them. If they haven't gotten to the root cause, are they down to go to therapy? If so, that's a great. As marriage therapist Courtney Watson, LMFT tells Bustle, a willingness to go to therapy — either individually or as a couple —shows they're ready to address the underlying issues that led to an affair.

And that they're committed to having a healthy relationship, and helping you to feel secure going forward. In order for your partner to change, they have to want to change.

The phrase 'once a cheater, always a cheater' isn't always true, but serial cheaters do exist. here's why they do it.

And not just because they got caught in the past, or because you're forcing them to. That might look like your partner consistently taking steps to change and make up for the past, possibly by going to therapy, or talking about being more open and honest with you. If they're into the idea of growing and making the relationship work, then it certainly can.

One way to tell if they've learned from their past? They don't blame anyone but themselves. Caroline Maddentells Bustle. As Madden says, there's a big difference between those two narratives.

They're honest about what happened in the past

While you're both entitled to your own privacy, there's hope if your partner is cool about sharing their life with you, and having open and honest communication. You ask, they tell," Klapow says. Ongoing communication, "transparency about their life, and a dedication to the relationship are good s of fidelity," Klapow says.

Another your relationship will remain strong: if your partner is ready and willing to talk about the tough stuff. Because that's often what it takes to keep infidelity at bay.

It's all about "openness and rigorous honesty," clinical sexologist Dr. If your partner feels comfortable discussing relationship issues, they'll be far less likely to solve their problems by depending on other people, including turning to them for emotions and physical affairs. An affair is more likely to sound appealing to a partner who feels unheard or misunderstood.

11 s a cheater will cheat again

So if you two can foster a situation where it feels OK to share feelings, and you both trust each other with those feelings, Klapow says cheating is less likely to happen. Relationships take work, whether your partner cheated in the past or not. So it's a great if they're doing everything they can to keep things happy and healthy.

Infidelity can happen at any time and for any reason. But if you're both making an effort to be open and trusting with one another, you really don't have to worry.

By Carolyn Steber.

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