We’ve heard the cliché before, sexy secretary fooling around with her married boss. Whether people were shocked, dismayed or just plain disappointed when news of former CIA director David Petraeus had an affair with his biographer and former military officer Paula Broadwell, Petraeus had officially joined the club of other philandering husbands -Arnold, Spitzer, Tiger, Clinton, etc.
When these affairs surface many emotions are involved, and several questions are posed: “Why?” “How could he be so foolish?” and “Did he really think no one would ever find out and reputations wouldn’t be destroyed?”
There are many reasons people cheat, but certain studies show the more powerful a person the more likely the person will have affairs and that applies to both men and women. “The likelihood [of infidelity] increases the more powerful someone is,” says study author Joris Lammers, an assistant professor of psychology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The research was published in Psychological Science. Lammers suggests “that one of strongest effects of power is that it increases feelings of confidence.” The reason there’s fewer philandering wife scandals is because there is a lower percentage of women in positions of power.
This increased self confidence increases your tolerance for risky behavior because you downplay the cons and only think about the rewards. It’s why so many powerful people, become more and more careless with their behavior until finally getting caught.
But if sex and power go hand and hand, where does romantic love come in? Is it possible that with increased power there is a decreased need for a real loving connection with someone?
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