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David Petraeus Affair

David Petraeus Affair: Do Some Careers Make Us Likely to Cheat?

We're happy to present this excerpt of a story from one of our favorite sites, YourTango. The CIA director resigns amid an extramarital affair. Coincidence — or was the writing on the wall?

It was quite the week: a massive hurricane hit the East Coast, a fierce election came to an end and now this: America's sweetheart CIA director, General David Petraeus, resigns for "personal reasons" (ahem, cheating on his wife).

Petraeus is known in this country as a hero. As the director of the CIA, Petraeus has been our go-to guy for handling terrorism, our military and global threats. But after an FBI investigation stumbled upon his extramarital affair via his computer, our nation's superman was encouraged to step down just two days after the president's reelection.


If this story sounds all too familiar, it's probably because it is. Remember when the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter story broke? We all gripped our faces like we were auditioning for Home Alone 4. What about Anthony Weiner's Twitter pic snafu? And let's not forget former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who was caught patronizing prostitutes after making it his professional mission to cut down on . . . prostitution (oops). As a society, we're lulled into a sense that people in prominent, morality-based professions must, of course, have a high degree of integrity in their personal lives. So every time we hear a story like Petraeus' — and it seems to happen a lot — we feel blindsided and burned like it's the first time.

Could we have seen this coming? And more importantly, could there actually be a link between highly moral careers and highly immoral behavior?

For the rest of the article, head to YourTango: David Petraeus Affair: Do Some Careers Make Us Likely to Cheat?

— Monica Rozenfeld

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Jim3479038 Jim3479038 4 years
I don't think there are careers that make you more prone to cheat. But I do think that there is a certain personality type that is more prone to cheating - people who enjoy taking risks, narcissistic people, people who think they are above the rules - and there are certain careers that also attract those same sorts of personalities. The drive that would push someone to become a four-star general is the same drive that would push someone to get more out of their relationships. The above-the-law attitude that attract one to become head of a spy agency would probably also lead one to think they could get away with cheating.
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