Power powers promiscuity, study finds


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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    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?

  • texor Round Rock, TX
    Nov. 25, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    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?

  • Alex 1 Tucson, AZ
    Nov. 24, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    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.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Nov. 23, 2012 10:31 p.m.

    Henry Kissinger once stated "power is the ultimate aphrodisiac". How true.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    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?

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Nov. 21, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    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.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 11:03 p.m.

    "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!

    Nov. 20, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    Salt 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.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    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...

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    Nov. 20, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    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 words.

  • musiqmike Brigham City, UT
    May 8, 2011 2:38 p.m.

    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.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 7, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    I saw this all starting with High School Jocks...

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    May 6, 2011 7:33 p.m.


  • Coug Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 6, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    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)

  • hmmm interesting Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    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.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    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.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    '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.

  • Scott5 Quiet Neighborhood, UT
    May 6, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    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 wrong?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    May 6, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    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.

  • Corn Dog New York, NY
    May 6, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    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.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 6, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    @ JFFR: Please explain how people in the Netherlands are different from people in the United States and why.

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    May 6, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    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..

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 6, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    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.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    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)

  • MNLlogit Alpine, UT
    May 6, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    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.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    May 6, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    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 like sociology.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    May 6, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    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.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    May 6, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    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?"

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    May 6, 2011 6:39 a.m.

    "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!

  • 101Ways Kearns, UT
    May 6, 2011 3:52 a.m.

    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.