Top 5 Stuff Mom Never Told You Episodes to Listen to During a Breakup

I often catch myself saying, "as we talked about in previous podcast..." -- but what if listeners understandably don't know which podcast episode to reference or how to go about hunting it down? From time to time, I'm going to start posting All-Star MomStuff playlists of five or six previously released episodes that happen to all focus around a broader topic to help break down the Stuff Mom Never Told You library into more digestible bits.

Divorce lawyers at the firm Grant Thornton reported a new trend in couples severing nuptial ties: affairs aren't the biggest factor pushing people apart. And, no, it's not the economy, stupid, although tighter budgets might put a strain on the heartstrings.

Cheaters More Likely to Rebound in Dating

Ah, the rebound relationship. Many of us have become embroiled in them, despite their negative reputation as throwaway relationships we jump into in order to get over past partners. Maybe one reason rebounding has gotten such a bad rap has to do with the type of people who tend to hopscotch from relationship to relationship.

Are rebound relationships unhealthy?

Rebounding has a negative stigma, but could they be good for you? Perhaps! Psychologists say rebounding could be especially good for attachment personality types, and there may be an odd correlation between cheating and rebounding.

Does sexting without physical contact constitute cheating?

Yesterday afternoon, as Rep. Anthony Weiner stood before a hoard of media and described his sexting relationships with "at least six women over the past three years," he emphasized that it never crossed the line into physical contact. "I've never had sex outside of my marriage," Weiner told the press.

Could it be true that monogamous couples get an urge to cheat approximately every seven years? In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the origin of this belief, as well as its validity -- or lack thereof.

Let's Put the 'Slut Gene' to Bed Already

Science doesn't get much sexier than this. Researchers at Binghamton University in New York have supposedly identified a 'slut gene'. People with a particular genetic variation of dopamine receptor DRD4 may be more inclined to hop into the sack with a stranger or cheat on a partner. Scandalous! Sort of.

It's refreshing to run across new studies like this one from Pennsylvania State University that poke holes in the kneejerk theory that in relationships, men are ultimately motivated by sex and women live for love. That idea especially came up while Molly and I were researching for our episode on whether men and women cheat for different reasons. Time and again, the studies seemed to condense women down to soul mate-seekers straight out of Debra Messing movies, while the men play sex-hungry beasts.

Do men and women cheat for different reasons?

In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen discuss what studies and anecdotal evidence suggest about male and female cheating.