Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Powerful Men and Sex


Even in the staid medical world, everyone was talking about Gov. Eliot Spitzer today and his fall from grace. What the hell was he thinking????

The big question in my mind is why would a respected, well known, powerful man...a member of the lucky gene club, risk it all for dangerous liaisons? His crazy decision to spend a reported $80K on high priced prostitutes has brought down his marriage, career and reputation. (Not to mention Hillary Clinton lost a super delegate). And there are probably many powerful men wiping their brow right now with relief that it wasn't them caught in the sting.

The answer to this unanswerable question "Why?" may be all about personality disorders. The type of man who seeks power (that includes politicians) may also have risk seeking behavior. There is some evidence that risk seekers have a lower level of monoamine oxidase A, which is a chemical that regulates the brain's level of the neurotransmitter, dopamine. They seek novel and risky situations to increase dopamine, the "pleasure" chemical. There is a thrill in seeking the dangerous and the more they get away with it, the more addictive that feeling can be.

Another personality aspect of many powerful people is narcissism. It's all about them. They view the world through their own personal needs and believe that they deserve the favors, adoration, money and attention that is bestowed upon them due to their office or job title. They are treated like they are special and they believe it. That egocentric personality that got them to the top causes them to believe they are different than the rest of us. They truly believe that they are above the law and societies norms.

We will undoubtedly learn more about Spitzer's personality and affairs as time goes on and the 22 year old escort writes her book. In time we will get tired of hearing about it and forget...until the next politician hits the front page with a new scandal.

6 comments:

MS Dupre said...

He might come out of it okay let's not forget Sex tape controversy in 1988. Rob Lowe was involved in a sex scandal over a videotape of him having sex with two females, one of whom was sixteen and Mr. Lowe went on to have a very successful career as a top aide in the west wing of the white house.

Anonymous said...

Along with grandiosity also comes shame/guilt, which has to be a factor in his personality as well.
By the way, fabulous picture of Toni.

Raymond Bouchayer said...

What is really disgusting is that those "Powerful Men" when caught with their pants down drag their wives in front of the media .
Not only has the poor wife been humiliated personally as well as her whole family , but those "creeps" have to drag them in front of the media ....of course very remorseful, ready to go to rehab , find "Jesus" and everything is fine and we are supposed to buy it !

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