The Science Of Temptation...And How To Resist It

07/31/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Greg Soltis LiveScience

LiveScience is reporting that women are less likely to succumb to temptation than men. Apparently women, after happening upon an attractive alternative, tend "to be even more committed to bolstering their present relationship," whereas men "are more likely to view their girlfriend in a negative light."

Apparently this stems from the fact that women take a slightly more defensive stance - they view these attractive outsiders as possible threats to their relationships.

In a study performed by John Lydon of McGill University, results found that after meeting attractive and available others, "women were 18 percent more likely to forgive their "romantic partner" who hypothetically had either revealed an embarrassing trait or lied about why he recently cancelled a date." Men, on the other hand, were 12 percent less likely to forgive a girlfriend's comparable mistake.

So, how should men hone their temptation resistance? By picturing attractive, available women as probable threats. Lydon explains, "We think that if men believed an attractive, available woman was a threat to their relationship, they might try to protect that relationship."

What do you think? Do you have any tried and true resistance tactics? Tell us your thoughts below!