Study Says Power Leads Both Men And Women To Cheat

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Did Arnold Schwarzenegger cheat because he's a man? No, better to blame his powerful position.

Unfaithful politicians are all over the headlines; just look at the breaking news revealed today that Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California governor and action movie star, fathered a love child with his family's housekeeper some 10 years ago. This news comes on the heels of last week's announcement that Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, plan to amicably divorce. Now we know why.

Bill Clinton, Elliot Spitzer and John Edwards, too, have all felt the repercussions of being caught with their pants around their ankles. But political figureheads aren't the only ones who cheat. Look at Tiger Woods. Or Donald Trump. They all have two things in common. First, their infidelity. Second, their positions of power. Is Tiger Woods A Sex Addict?

But they share a third commonality: gender. And while a new Psychological Science study found that men in positions of power were more likely to be unfaithful in a relationship, they found that women were just as guilty. Why Women Cheat

A Dutch magazine surveyed nearly 1,5000 respondents—58 percent worked in low-level non management positions, 22 percent had some managing responsibilities, 14 percent were middle managers and 6 percent were top-level executives.

The results showed that the higher a person sat in the management totem poll, the more likely he or she was to cheat. So what causes this increase in infidelity? It's not the frequent business trips, which can typically spawn a bit of spousal jealousy. And it wasn't the risk-taking personality often associated with a management personality. Researchers assume it may have more to do with confidence. And, more importantly, gender had no real effect.

But, if powerful women are just as guilty as men of committing an act of infidelity, why aren't their names all over the headlines? TIME magazine points out that may be due to a lack of females in powerful positions—just 17 of 100 U.S. Senators and 25 of the CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are women.

So while we may not see headlines that scream about infidelity from a powerful man, it doesn't mean that women aren't cheating. Overall, study authors suggest that while power had some hand in determining the results, the important take home is that gender has less of an impact on willingness to cheat than previously thought.

Do you still think men are more likely to cheat?

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