Society track of The Goa Project 2016

Anish V


Influence of Cheating on Human Culture & Relationships

Submitted Jan 7, 2016

To gain perspective about personal and societal behaviours that may have never been questioned or if questioned, not understood and which stem from the natural behaviour of sexual infidelity.


Sexual Selection is a huge factor in the evolution of species. Active sexual selection propogates characteristics like the Peacock’s feathers, competition amongst males during mating season, etc.

But sexual selection and the raising of progeny is a complex affair. What if a male that has fought for the right to mate with a female and works hard for his progeny, eventually finds out the progeny was someone else’s? What if a female gets pregnant by a male, and then realises this male has no interest in taking care of her during her most vulnerable days of pregnancy and hence she and the progeny may never survive?

Thus starts the dance of controlling sexuality of the female and controlling behaviour of the male, across species. Humans do this through relationships, societal norms, rituals and emotional manipulation.

In fact, humans are built to cheat on their partners. We are not naturally monogamous, only legally so. Learning more about this, only makes sense!


Open mind.

Speaker bio

I have done my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Sociology. I am always on the lookout to learn why we are the way we are. I teach Psychology and Advertising at the undergraduate level under Mumbai University. The mix of these two subjects is a highly manipulative minefield that lets you tap into the basest of human instincts, drives and behaviours - elements so base, you wouldn’t believe you live according to them and not your own conscious decisions.


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