High-earning, successful women turning into ‘alpha adulteresses’

Last Updated: May 23, 2011, 15:24 PM IST

London: A new survey has found that high-earning, successful women are every bit as willing as men to use their power to attract younger lovers for quick flings.

A new academic study has suggested that women are inherently no more virtuous than men. It’s just that, in the past, they have lacked the confidence or opportunity to stray.

Like men, women are finding that power is a potent aphrodisiac, and they are giving in to the thrill of illicit lunchtime assignations and the sheer excitement that accompanies their transgression.

Nor do they feel any more guilty or ashamed about it than a man would.

Professor Joris Lammers, of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, who conducted an anonymous survey of more than 1,500 readers of a business magazine, found being powerful makes women more prone to be unfaithful.

He questioned people, from top executives to ordinary employees, about whether they’d had affairs.

They were asked how powerful they thought they were and quizzed on other factors including their feelings of confidence, and what they thought their risk of being caught was.

The results revealed a strong link between power and infidelity, regardless of gender.

“The strongest predictors are not religion or moral belief, but power and opportunity,” the Daily Mail quoted Lammers as saying.

“Power can undermine your morality and increase your risk-taking, and the effect of power on women is just as strong as on men,” he added.

ANI