This study really doesn't say anything of fact. It just cites possibility's of
people of power. It does not prove of say people of power are promiscuous, this
study says that confidence is probable cause to be unfaithful.This
study has no merit or facts associated with it and should have never even been
reported. It's a cartoon.
"With power comes confidence, and for both men and women, such confidence
often results in marital infidelity, a new study finds."---This doesn't bode well for Utah's Righteouslature, does it!
Not to mention the attitude of entitlement some who are in power exhibit.
"I'm Superior, so why shouldn't I have anything I want?"
Great sample. This is very telling of the power that can consume those in power
positions and the perils that can follow...in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The nitpickers here need a chill pill. The original article, and this report of
it, clearly outlined the inherent limitations of the data and presented the
information as "food for thought." Which it was...for those
interested in thinking. This instrument was inexpensive and easy, but presents
interesting questions that more in-depth investigations could follow up on.
That is how scientific research works: line upon line. Even in soft sciences
Why does this study avoid the more obvious explanation? It's more likely that
power & confidence is simply more ATTRACTIVE to members of the opposite sex.
And I'll further bet that if the researchers more deeply examine their data by
gender they'll find the power-->attractiveness effect greater among women.
Put concretely, female workers don't fantasize about sleeping with the janitor.
They fantasize about sleeping with the CEO! This study is a simple
demonstration of the female mating strategy of "hypergamy." No need
for a more complex explanation.
Horrible article. Do you really want to compare the people of the Netherlands
to Americans? (You don't make the direct connection in your article, but it is
assumed since you publish it in America and quote a professor at BYU)
This type of behavior was demonstrated by a former US President, who when asked
about why he did such things, replied: "Because I could." (I didn't
see his name in the article, by the way.)Isn't it interesting that
Mitt Romney was the only candidate in the last Presidential Election that wasn't
tainted by divorce, adultery or fornication.....yet the supposedly
bible-thumping evangelicals didn't find that to be important at all?Too many people's morals are different in actual practice than what they
indicate in an interview. And some just want to flaunt the power they possess,
to heck with the consequences. I call that the Hollywood Effect.....the place
that glorifies adultery and perversion.
Deseret News and their recent moral crusade push is fine, but if they want to
keep publishing such articles at least choose those with solid scientific
methodology - or both sides of the story..
@ JFFR: Please explain how people in the Netherlands are different from people
in the United States and why.
This article is unnecessarily alarmist, unfairly pointing the finger at
politicians. Much ado about nothing.I recall the immortal words of
William Jefferson Clinton: "I did not have sexual relations with that
woman." That statement must be true, because he said so.
Similar to the phenomina in traffic lawlessness I experience in the
"upper" side of the city I live in. Gated communities, extravigantly
decorated supermarkets and normal people parking in the handicapped spots. I
never see that on the norm side of town but last week a lady nearly ran me down
in the crosswalk and then took a handicapped spot and ran into the store. Out of
truffles?I go to that side of town for my daughter's soccer games.
They of course have the nicest PUBLICLY paid for sports park on that side of
town. As far as I can tell the "entitlment" mentality is much more
effective for the rich. Just saying from thier homes and cars.
Well said MNLlogit. I thought the same thing. Maybe the opposite sex is
falling all over themselves to hook up with the person that has more power or
money thus making the adultery easier.Toosmartforyou, I would have
thought Huckabee was not tainted with divorce, adultery, or fornication. Am I
'Too many people's morals are different in actual practice than what they
indicate in an interview.' - toosmartforyou | 9:19 a.m. It's
true! *'Nevada senator, facing ethics probe, says he'll resign' -
NBC News - 04/21/11 'Republican Ensign admitted having an affair with wife
of one of his aides' *'John Edwards Made Sex Tape, Abortion Plea,
Aide Says' - By JAMES HILL, TERI WHITCRAFT, NADINE SHUBAILAT and LAUREN SHER -
ABC News - 01/28/10 But remember: This is the
'traditional, moral example' which some claim is the reason to deny: gay marriage.
any ladies want to see my college degree? business card? resume? :o)hopefully this study won't be used by the UT legislature as justification to
further reduce funding for education.
Confidence is attractive. People out doing something, creating something are
much more attractive than those who are bumps on a log. Survival of the
fittest. Mating between the most ambitious, most inventive, most successful. .
.sounds like just the ticket to keep the world spinning with a place for humans
in the mix.
Power corrupts unless counter-balanced.Each must discover that symmetry.Two thoughts:"Because power corrupts, society's demands for
moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position
increases" (John Adams) "We have learned by sad experience
that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a
little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise
unrighteous dominion" (DC 121:39)
I saw this all starting with High School Jocks...
So basically what they're saying, is that it's morally safer to be a poor,
overworked, underpaid, disrespected peon. That way, your complete lack of
self-esteem and confidence will compel you to not want to have an affair. And if
you want your spouse to be faithful to you, make sure they are a peon, too. I
think my IQ has just been lowered a few notches...which is good because then
I'll be too dumb to get that promotion, climb the corporate ladder, and
ultimately risk commiting adultery.
Propinquity, plays a large part, dear reader. But, I do think that even if I
spent a year closed up in Air Force One with, say, Michael Moore, the chances of
having an affair would be zippo. He is powerful, probably rich and influential,
but I'm pretty sure I would be able to resist his advances, were there any.
I like what musiqmike had to say, as well. I can't improve upon his
I believe this study simply highlights the human tendency we all have to become
enchanted in our own mythology. We start to believe that as masters of some
aspect of business, or finance, it entitles us to any urge we may have. The
privilege of power is that we are insulated from the consequences of our
mistakes and become morally blind to the real effects of our failures--because
in our minds we've imagined up our own perfection free from failure. At a certain point we begin to believe that we cannot fail even in
choosing to follow titillating and more exciting paths that lead to personal
ruin in others--but we can somehow cleverly avoid... because we're so much
more powerful and capable than all the others who ruined their lives and
relationships before us... And so the lie continues...
KalindraSalt Lake City, Utah@ JFFR: Please explain how people in the
Netherlands are different from people in the United States and why.Banking practices? Work ethic? Criminal justice system? Just to name a few.
"Power powers promiscuity"I don't know about the
content of the article, but the headline is an abomination. Nobody should be
allowed to torture the English language like this!
Truly amazing how many people read the article and then immediately condemn the
message.What I read was that their is a hazard in presuming
superiority over others. Its not a matter of - if you are rich you're a
slime. What ever the situation, what ever the circumstance, it has always been
my experience that people get themselves into trouble usually placed themselves
in peril because they thought that they were better than everyone else. They
were too strong to fail, too beautiful to do something ugly, too smart to be
tricked by dumb scams.It a little humility goes a long ways. If we
want to be faithful to our families then we need to view our families as
superior; not ourselves. If we want to be seen as ethical and productive then
we need to stop viewing ourselves as being above the rules and too good to get
our hands dirty.
How much of this could be explained by the fact that many in society (perhaps
somewhat regardless of gender) are consciously or subconsciously looking for a
meal ticket, and anything that represents that is attractive?
Henry Kissinger once stated "power is the ultimate aphrodisiac". How
This study confirms what we already know from nature. Who gets the most females
in the animal kingdom? The one who is the most powerful, the most potent, of
course. We shouldn't be the least bit shocked, or outraged by this. The
key is for us to bridle all our passions and keep them within the range the Lord
has set forth.
Did Gen. Petraeus and Paula Broadwell participate in this survey? How does
being the CIA Director fit into this hypothesis? Oh,. . . power? And Paula?
Yep, . . . seeking power by being with power?
Too Smart -- you say Romney was the only one in the last Presidential race not
tainted by adultery, divorce, and such.What about Mr. and Mrs.
Obama?Or did I miss one of Rush Limbaugh's shows?