The Real Reason Why Powerful Men Cheat

Donald Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, and Brad Pitt: What makes powerful men who seem to have it all, cheat on their spouse?

Some couples experience cheating once one partner attains a position of power. In other cases, the individual who cheats may have impulsivity issues in addition to a relationship strain. Whatever the specific reason, there are patterns powerful men exhibit that lead to infidelity. Ultimately, researchers found it boils down to one thing (hint, page 6).

1. They truly believe they’ll get away with it

Arnold Schwarzenegger was caught in a high-profile affair. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Superstar men often feel as those they are “above the relationship law” and can get away with just about anything, The Huffington Post reports. Generally, powerful men don’t think they will be caught and have affairs that last decades.

Next: Plenty of fish.

2. They have boundless opportunities

Miss Finland, Ninni Laaksonen and Donald Trump on the David Letterman Show

Donald Trump relished his reputation as a ladies’ man. | CBS

Power breeds groupies so powerful men have access to a number of beautiful individuals whenever they desire, according to The Huffington Post. Men who frequently travel may also have easy opportunities away from home.

Next: Supporting this behavior doesn’t help.

3. They don’t have people to tell them ‘no’

Tiger and Elin Woods

Tiger and Elin Woods split after she found out about his affair. | Harry How/Getty Images

For the rest of us mere mortals, we have people around us who are happy to tell us no. But powerful men tend to surround themselves with “yes” people. Never living in reality can spurn all sorts of bad behavior beyond cheating. Remember when Justin Bieber went off the rails? Being surrounded by people who don’t intervene with bad behavior only allows it to continue.

Next: Cheating may do this for powerful men.

4. They crave the excitement

Bill Clinton addresses Lewinsky Scandal

Many men are addicted to the adrenaine rush of an affair. | Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images

Power and the addiction to adrenaline go hand-in-hand, The Huffington Post reports. Whether a job or personal life fuels the addiction, men in power need that energy surge to keep their lives interesting. Unfortunately, cheating on their partner or spouse sometimes meets that desire.

Next: This is one devastating reason why some men throw it all away.

5. They may feel like their relationship is boring

US actor and director Ben Affleck attends the premiere of "Live by Night"

Some men like Ben Affleck were unhappy in their situations. | Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Powerful men may experience boredom in their relationship if it doesn’t provide him with that adrenaline rush, according to Psych Central. “Something in the man’s life or his relationship isn’t OK, and the affair creates the trigger for change. That something might be boredom after many years together,” Terri Orbuch, author of Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship told Psych Central.

Next: What’s the real reason why powerful people cheat?

6. It may all come down to this one thing

Brad Pitt

An abundance of confidence can lead to cheating. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Confidence may be the biggest factor that determines whether a powerful person will cheat, Daily Mail reports. Gender plays no part in the urge to cheat, but rather the amount of confidence the powerful person possesses. The more confidence he or she has, the more likely for infidelity.

Next: Cheating may be an equal opportunity practice. 

Is cheating a male thing or a power thing?

Robert Pattinson holding Kristen Stewart, while Stewart looks downward

Kristen Stewart famously cheated on Robert Pattinson. | Summit

Cheating may be more power than man-centered, according to science, Daily Mail reports. Researchers found cheating occurs with both powerful men and women. Because more men hold powerful roles, society hears about powerful men who cheat more often than women.


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