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Blokes who are ‘too nice’ to their other half will spark fears that they are cheating, a study has revealed.
Researchers found two thirds of women become suspicious if their partner suddenly has ‘new tricks’ in the bedroom, makes grand romantic gestures or even if he takes them breakfast in bed.
Other triggers for suspicion amongst mistrusting wives and girlfriends are if their man treats them to jewellery or sexy underwear.
Even helping out with housework leads to millions of females to believe her chap is ‘playing away’ according to the poll of 2000 adults by Kellogg’s.
In fact 34 per cent of women said they would be happy to turn a blind eye to a minor indiscretion if it meant that their partner was nicer to live with.
Louise Thompson Davies, from Kellogg’s said: “It seems there is an emotional gulf between the sexes when it comes to matters of the heart.
‘’So when men think they are just being nice and showering their other half with gifts and affection they think they are being attentive but the reality is that women just don’t see it like that.
“Today’s work and life pressures have resulted in romantic gestures like making your wife or girlfriend breakfast in bed much more of a rare occasion.
‘’This is why most women tend to reach for the panic button and suspect the worse when they are made a fuss over.
‘’The smallest changes in a man’s behaviour can set a women’s mind whirring and get them worrying.”
“But it’s interesting to see how many women would be willing to ignore their suspicions and just enjoy having a new more attentive partner.
‘’It seems that for some women having a romantic and thoughtful partner is more important than having one that is faithful.”
The study found surprise gifts of chocolates would instantly cause concern for most women with one in six women saying that their partner has given them a gift in the past because of a guilty conscience.
Only a fifth of women said they assume their other half was having a full blown affair,
But most said that they would think he had something to hide or was trying to divert their attention from another misdemeanour.
Two thirds of women said that if their suspicions were aroused they would have to get to the bottom of it.
But a more laidback 30 per cent said they would just be happy their partner was being more romantic.
Bizarrely more than a third of women confessed the better behaved their partner was, the more likely they were to snoop on his phone or Facebook page.
While women said they would be more wary if their partner became more loving and emotional, men were more likely to be suspicious of a cheating partner if they stopped paying them as much attention and were more secretive than usual.
Other things that would make men worry their partner was hiding something included taking more care over their appearance, wearing sexy underwear and making less effort around the home.
Jean Hannah Edelstein, author of relationship guide Himglish and Femalese: Why Women Don’t Get Why Men Don’t Get Them, said: ‘’Women often associate traditional ‘romantic’ gestures with the early, courtship phase of a relationship when, in effect, their partner is trying to persuade them to make a commitment.
“Women tend to think that these gestures are empty once the commitment has been made and this kind of fuss is less common so they assume the worst. Which is a shame.
‘’If you are concerned about your partner’s behaviour, it’s best to express your concerns in a non-confrontational way, rather than jump to conclusions that the tray of cereal and eggs he has brought you is a sign of infidelity.”
TOP TWENTY THINGS THAT MAKE WOMEN SUSPICIOUS
- Buys jewellery
- New moves in the bedroom
- More emotional
- Buys flowers
- Buys chocolates
- More attentive
- Buys sexy underwear
- Book a romantic weekend away
- Buys you more things
- Helps more with the chores
- Tells you he loves you more
- Makes breakfast in bed
- Pays more compliments
- Texts more
- Does the cooking
- Calls more
- Listens better
- Runs baths
- Hand over the TV remote
- Cuddles more
It seems there is an emotional gulf between the sexes when it comes to matters of the heart.Louise Thompson Davies, from Kellogg’s