This past November, one of the most respected men in the history of the PGA was caught committing multiple acts of infidelity, on his wife, that almost seemed oxymoronic to his character. The nation was astir as rumors upon rumors about his secret sexual life apart from wife Elin were revealed, and all of the news stations wanted to get to the bottom of Woods’s unfaithful actions. While many fans continued praising his golf talent, they found themselves confused about the newly released secrets of their role model, and whether or not he was in fact role model material. Tiger after all was portrayed as a successful, hard-working character, dedicated to his golf game, and always improving (until his affair was released…) – so how could fans not look up to him?
Tiger, or “Cheetah” – as many people now refer to him, has gotten many of us wondering whom we can really trust. If such a well-established and admired name could fool us about his character, what mischief could the other men we admire be up to? Cheating, in today’s society, has become more prevalent than people may think, and Tiger’s recent scandal has opened it up as an appropriate topic of social conversation – making us all realize just how common it is. Statistics actually show that an estimated 50-70 percent of men cheat or have cheated on their partners. The question we’re all wondering though, is what really makes men cheat? …and why is it so common?
It’s not you, it’s him
First of all, let us tell you that it often has nothing to do with the partner being cheated on. She is not ugly, unworthy, or doing anything wrong; cheating really has everything to do with the cheater’s psychological state of being. The cheating may not be the result of the relationship’s state, but could be more about the man himself, according to licensed professional counselor Linda McCune.
So, what’s the deal?
“Sometimes when people hit milestones (anything from graduating college and moving into the workforce to being in a committed relationship) they are more likely to cheat.” Some characteristics of male cheaters, according to msn.com’s, “Why Guys Cheat on Hot Women” are the following: “Guys in high-profile, powerful positions — such as celebrities, athletes, business executives, and politicians,” men whose fathers cheated on their partners, and men who are considered sex addicts. Aside from their egos controlling their actions, many guys also enjoy the “thrill” of cheating. "At some point, they can't manage every aspect of their lives. They have to blow off some steam, so they say to themselves, 'this is something I'm going to do for thrills or chills or fun. It's kind of dangerous, and I'm not going to worry about it,'” says Texas psychologist Brian Gladue, who is based at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, according to Newsweek.com’s, “His Cheating Brain”. McCune says after a partner deals with the loss of someone close to him, maybe a sibling or parent, his stress may lead him to cheat and make irrational, out of character decisions. “Perfectly great people who generally may have never had a blemish on their record as far as moral failing or mistake, sometimes find themselves in relationships where they’re making not so great decisions,” McCune said.