Why Tiger Woods and other richand famous men cheat,
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Why do Tiger Woods, David Letterman, Mark Sanford, John Edwards and other rich and famous men cheat on their wives?
It’s a subject that could be endlessly debated, because the reasons are almost as varied as rich and famous men themselves. The most common reasons are listed below:
A Sense of Entitlement
Many rich and famous men feel they can cheat and get away with it because of who they are and the status they have. They consider themselves exempt from the rules that govern everyone else.
The Thrill of the Chase
Many rich and famous men get a real kick out of all the subterfuge, the lying, the scheming associated with having an extramarital affair and keeping it hidden from public view. Infidelity gives them the kind of adrenaline rush they’d get from participating in a high risk sport.
Friends, associates , teammates, even family members of a rich and famous man will sometimes egg him on or encourage him to cheat on his wife. Turning down opportunities to bed beautiful women would mean losing face among his peers. Many of these aiders and abetters will even help the cheater cover his tracks
Viewing Infidelity as a Status Symbol
To many rich and famous men, the ability to afford a mistress, or patronize a high-priced call girl is a status symbol - one of the trappings of success – like a mansion or an expensive car.
Increased Opportunities to Cheat
Rich and famous men lead lifestyles that afford them more opportunities to cheat than the average man next door. Sports stars, entertainers, and politicians are surrounded by groupies, adoring fans, gold diggers and other women who are willing to sleep with them because of their impressed with their status or their wealth.
The Excitement of Doing Something Forbidden
Just like ordinary men, some rich and famous men have a rebellious streak and have extramarital affairs solely for the excitement of doing something that’s forbidden.
Nothing boosts a man’s ego like uninhibited sex with a beautiful woman. Having an extramarital affair can feed the already inflated ego that many rich and famous men have and make them feel powerful, sought-after and invincible.
Inability to Resist Temptation or Say No
Remaining faithful can present quite a challenge to rich and famous men confronted with
women who are willing to perform any sex act imaginable brazenly offering themselves. Some of them aren’t strong enough to resist such temptation. Others may simply be unwilling, or unable to say “No”.
A Sense of Superiority
Getting away with infidelity can give many rich and famous men a heightened sense of superiority, and make them feel smug and self satisfied. These men mentally congratulate themselves on their ability to outsmart the media, their wives and everyone else, and keep people in the dark about what they’re doing behind closed doors.
The Belief that They Can Get Away With It
The main reason many rich and famous men cheat on their wives is that they feel confident they can pull do it without getting caught. If they thought for one minute that their affairs would be exposed, most of them would never take the chance.
A Belief that Money Can Buy Them Anything
Rich and famous men are well aware that women are attracted to them because of their wealth and are confident that they can buy their way into any woman’s bed. They are equally confident that if, through some quirk of fate, they do get caught, they can buy their way out of the situation.
Low Moral Values
Just like ordinary men, there are many rich and famous men who simply have no qualms about cheating on their mates. They have such low moral values that they will cheat with any woman, any time, under any circumstances, and never experience a shred of guilt.
A very small percentage of rich and famous men cheat because of sex addiction –a condition which requires medical help. A larger percentage of rich and famous men are serial cheaters who claim to be sex addicts – only after they get caught.
Because They Can
Many rich and famous men cheat on their wives just because they can. They don’t really need a reason to be unfaithful to their mate.
Other Reasons Rich and Famous Men Cheat
Other rich and famous men cheat for reasons we could never fathom, and will probably never know. See the article entitled Top 10 reasons Why Men and Women Cheat.
But contrary to popular belief, most men do not cheat because they aren’t getting enough sex or because their wives are no longer attractive, or because they are unhappy, as 3 separate infidelity studies found last year. See the article entitled Happy Husbands Cheat, Too.
However, the real question is this:
What can the wife of a spots figure, entertainer, or politician do about this propensity of rich and/or famous men to cheat?”
Precautions a Wife Can Take
Since fame, fortune, good looks and a happy marriage are no protection against infidelity, is there anything the wife of a rich or famous man can do to prevent her husband from having an affair?
Not very much, since the cheating is usually unrelated to anything the wife did or didn’t do. See the article entitled Are Wives to Blame When Husbands Cheat?
Like most wives whose rich, famous husbands are having affairs, Elin Nordegren Woods, Elizabeth Edwards, Jenny Sanforn, Regina Lasko Letterman were the last to know. See the articles entitled Why the Wife is Still the Last to Know and 3 Things a Wife Stands to Lose by Being the Last to Know.
Is there any way for a wife to spot infidelity before the whole world finds out about her rich and famous husband’s extramarital affair?
Yes there is!
No matter how carefully a cheating politician tries to cover his tracks, there will ALWAYS be telltale signs. No cheater, regardless of how careful or cautious he may be, can cover up every single sign of infidelity. This is where a good infidelity reference book can help, since knowing what to look for is the key. See Is He Cheating on You? – 829 Telltale Signs
The best offense is a good defense. It’s important to know how to recognize the early warning signs. Many subtle signs of infidelity appear long before the physical cheating actually takes place ,which can alert a wife that her husband is on the verge, or in the early stages of having an affair.
A wife who spots the signs early enough may be able to take positive action and nip things in the bud before they blossom into a full blown affair.
She may be able to short-circuit a fling before any serious damage is done (STD’s, pregnancy, blackmail, media exposure) or before it progresses to a long-term affair, or gets completely out of control.
For a free copy of the special report entitled Is He Cheating? – Is She Cheating? – 21 Ways You Can Tell, e-mail InfidelityInfo@gmail.com with “21 Ways Xm” in the subject line.
*** © copyright 2009 Ruth Houston
Ruth Houston is a New York-based infidelity expert who is frequently called on by the media to comment on infidelity issues in the news. She is the author of Is He Cheating on You? - 829 Telltale Signs, the founder of InfidelityAdvice.com and publishes the Infidelity News and Views blog.
For more information about cheating husbands, signs of infidelity, and extramarital affairs, see:
Top 10 reasons Why Men and Women Cheat
Happy Husbands Cheat, Too
Why the Wife is Still the Last to Know
3 Things a Wife Stands to Lose by Being the Last to Know
Is He Cheating? – Is She Cheating? – 21 Ways You Can Tell (free tip sheet)
Infidelity Resources to Help You Catch a Cheating Mate
Free Infidelity Tip Sheets and Special Reports