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FAU Professor eludes to Tiger's unfaithfulness as "sheer opportunity"

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FAU Professor eludes to Tiger's unfaithfulness as "sheer opportunity"

Todd Shackelford, a psychology professor at Florida Atlantic University in Davie who directs the Evolutionary Psychology Lab and has been studying infidelity about 20 years, agrees that personality traits linked with infidelity go beyond just narcissism. He says people who have low scores on personality tests measuring conscientiousness, as well as high scores on openness to experiences, may be more likely to be unfaithful. But although personality traits are linked with infidelity, they are not very powerful predictors, he says.

For men, he adds, it's all about opportunity. And for celebrities, athletes and others in the public eye, it's all about having the money to cheat, traveling away from home and having strangers throw themselves at you.

"Sheer opportunity is the single best predictor of men's being unfaithful. It's really that straightforward," he says. "Other things matter, of course, but a lot of work indicates it's just sheer opportunity, which doesn't seem to be as good a predictor of women's infidelity."

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FAU Professor eludes to Tiger's unfaithfulness as "sheer opportunity"

Todd Shackelford, a psychology professor at Florida Atlantic University in Davie who directs the Evolutionary Psychology Lab and has been studying infidelity about 20 years, agrees that personality traits linked with infidelity go beyond just narcissism. He says people who have low scores on personality tests measuring conscientiousness, as well as high scores on openness to experiences, may be more likely to be unfaithful. But although personality traits are linked with infidelity, they are not very powerful predictors, he says.

For men, he adds, it's all about opportunity. And for celebrities, athletes and others in the public eye, it's all about having the money to cheat, traveling away from home and having strangers throw themselves at you.

"Sheer opportunity is the single best predictor of men's being unfaithful. It's really that straightforward," he says. "Other things matter, of course, but a lot of work indicates it's just sheer opportunity, which doesn't seem to be as good a predictor of women's infidelity."

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Rick said

Todd Shackelford, a psychology professor at Florida Atlantic University in Davie who directs the Evolutionary Psychology Lab and has been studying infidelity about 20 years, agrees that personality traits linked with infidelity go beyond just narcissism. He says people who have low scores on personality tests measuring conscientiousness, as well as high scores on openness to experiences, may be more likely to be unfaithful. But although personality traits are linked with infidelity, they are not very powerful predictors, he says.

For men, he adds, it's all about opportunity. And for celebrities, athletes and others in the public eye, it's all about having the money to cheat, traveling away from home and having strangers throw themselves at you.

"Sheer opportunity is the single best predictor of men's being unfaithful. It's really that straightforward," he says. "Other things matter, of course, but a lot of work indicates it's just sheer opportunity, which doesn't seem to be as good a predictor of women's infidelity."

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That's cool that USA Today used an FAU professor.  But, did they really need a college professor to them the dynamics of reasoning behind a pro-athlete's infidelity?…. ::)
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Re: FAU Professor eludes to Tiger's unfaithfulness as "sheer opportunity"

Rick said

Todd Shackelford, a psychology professor at Florida Atlantic University in Davie who directs the Evolutionary Psychology Lab and has been studying infidelity about 20 years, agrees that personality traits linked with infidelity go beyond just narcissism. He says people who have low scores on personality tests measuring conscientiousness, as well as high scores on openness to experiences, may be more likely to be unfaithful. But although personality traits are linked with infidelity, they are not very powerful predictors, he says.

For men, he adds, it's all about opportunity. And for celebrities, athletes and others in the public eye, it's all about having the money to cheat, traveling away from home and having strangers throw themselves at you.

"Sheer opportunity is the single best predictor of men's being unfaithful. It's really that straightforward," he says. "Other things matter, of course, but a lot of work indicates it's just sheer opportunity, which doesn't seem to be as good a predictor of women's infidelity."

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That's cool that USA Today used an FAU professor.  But, did they really need a college professor to them the dynamics of reasoning behind a pro-athlete's infidelity?…. ::)
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