New research on mate poaching, that is successfully stealing someone else’s partner, is not the wisest way to start a new relationship.
Individuals, who left a partner to be with someone else, tend not to be very happy in their new relationships.
Poached individuals turn out to be less happy and less invested in their new relationships compared to couples where mate poaching did not occur.
Poached individuals are also more likely to commit infidelity and be on the look out for a better partner to come along.
Other key findings of this research…
“To summarize, the results of the present analysis suggest that individuals who were successfully mate poached by their current partners tend to be socially passive, not particularly nice to others, careless and irresponsible, and narcissistic. They also tend to desire and engage in sexual behavior outside of the confines of committed relationships.”
Stealing a mate from someone else is probably not the best way to find love and happiness.
Source: Foster, J. D., Jonason, P. K., Shrira, I., Keith Campbell, W., Shiverdecker, L. K., & Varner, S. C. (2014). What Do You Get When You Make Somebody Else’s Partner Your Own? An Analysis of Relationships Formed Via Mate Poaching. Journal of Research in Personality.