Why Do Alpha Males Cheat on You?

Why Do Alpha Males Cheat on You?

It would be tempting to say, “because they can”, wouldn’t it?

Really, it doesn’t seem to be that complex. As noted in a Time Magazine article, modern-day men of power – Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards, JFK, FDR, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn – are noted for their serial wives and philandering. No need to get started on the rock stars and athletes who fit the same profile. What do these people have in common?

Three obvious things: Power, money and opportunity, which means access to women and considerable travel.

Cheaters not only think they won’t get caught, they think they’re above the law.

What the Time article also notes is something I hadn’t considered before, the point in life at which unusual privilege was first conferred.

“Members of royal families are born into a world of indulgence and entitlement, and the princelings who grow up that way may never have to develop the emotional musculature that will allow them to show self-restraint. Athletes often start life at the opposite end of the wealth and prestige spectrum, but as soon as they exhibit an unusual talent for swinging a bat or sinking a free-throw they may find that the rules have been suspended for them. They are waved through school and into the pros, and incidents of bad behavior are overlooked or covered up. Any skills they may have been developing for self-control or self-denial quickly wither.”

In other words, if you didn’t “make it” until you’re 40, you’re more likely to have built up some measure of restraint and humility that prevent you from infidelity. The common thread among the rich and famous is that they’re so used to having whatever they want whenever they want – they’re so not used to hearing the word no – that they actually forget or ignore that normal rules are supposed to apply to them.

As I’ve written before, Tiger Woods didn’t take the time to make a pros/cons list before cheating. If he had, he never would have done it.

Pros: Fucking a waitress in a Denny’s parking lot. Very hot!

Cons: Losing my wife and kids, losing all my endorsements, losing a few hundred million in a public and messy divorce, losing the respect of the world, losing my golf mojo and confidence, possibly forever.

Cheaters not only think they won’t get caught, they think they’re above the law.

What’s sad is that, unlike Tiger Woods, they rarely face great consequences for their behaviors. Their wives take them back and other women continue to want them despite their considerable narcissism and character defects. Way to teach ’em a lesson, girls!

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  1. 1

    ummmm thanks for blaming all women. Many of us have never been the other woman and have no intentions of doing so.

  2. 2
    Jackie Holness

    Why do alpha males cheat? Chris Rock says a man is only as faithful as his options…LOL…alpha males tend to have more options…

    1. 2.1

      Um… you are not describing Alpha Males you are describing narcissists or flat out insecure men. Which are not ALpha. Alphas do not beat themselves up even if cheated on they move forward and show empathy. They can love and stand for what is right and admit when they have wronged you.  


      1. 2.1.1

        yes , they are narcissists, not alpha men, cowards are cheaters and bashers and abusers and takers.   alpha men are leaders and leaders have filters and are not weak. weak people cheat , lie, steel , beg and borrow and harm others with the fake power the seek as they are nobodies trying to be somebody

  3. 3

    An alpha male isn’t just a famous, powerful male – to be honest, I think of guys like Evan as alpha males, and Evan isn’t a cheater. To me, an alpha male is just a guy who is confident, has a lot of options, and likes to lead and get his way. There are also plenty of beta males who cheat. One thing I’ve observed watching the behavior of betas is that if they don’t have enough confidence and experience they can be prone to cheating as well.
    Still, at times I just can’t help but look down on some of the women who marry the stereotypical famous powerful alphas described here – women like Jackie Kennedy who surely knew her husband was cheating on her but must have been so vain and power-hungry, so lacking in morals and self-respect, so uninterested in real love, that she turned the other way. And people have the nerve to consider her an icon of class! Some of the women who marry these types of cheating alphas are nearly as bad as their husbands, they consider marriage a transaction where they can step up in the world and don’t care about honest love with a regular guy.

  4. 4

    ahahahahha! Your last sentence is the best because it’s really us Women to blame!

    1. 4.1

      It takes two to tango. So the point is that if women actually looked for quality guys with good morals, and rewarded them with their affections instead of mr excitement, then those guys would become better people also. it isn’t that these guys are off the hook. It’s that the women aren’t victims.
      I had a friend’s wife describe one of these rich and famous guys as a bad person for victimizing women. I asked what she was referring to. Well, it seems in some of her gossip magazines, it was discussed that he is a womanizer. A womanizer is simply a man that gets women into bed, gets what he wants and moves on to the next conquest. Well, even conquest is a bad term because like her, it makes the woman out to be a bit of a victim. No, the truth is that the rules ARE suspended for the rich and famous. These guys don’t have to womanize. Women throw themselves at these guys. Seriously. Like when that baseball player divorced Halle Berry, I saw women at the baseball park screaming out to him that they wanted to have his baby. Yeah, just what the guy wants to hear. I sat their thinking, “Are these women living in the Twilight Zone?” I mean seriously, a woman actually thinks some star is going to here some girl shout out that she wants to have his baby and he’s going to respond positively to that? And that shrill screaming girls do. Do they not know that when a star first starts hearing that, at first it is almost scary, but then they just become numb to it. So what is the point? I think it is just natural instinct. Here, right in front of her is a top dog. Somebody who has tons more resources than 99.9% of other men, so she wants to be noticed by him. She must get him to look at her if she is to have a chance. It comes out as idol worship. But the cause is evolutionary. It doesn’t matter that the other 50 thousand females are also screaming. She must scream to. You have to be in the game to have a chance at winning.
      Then they will go home with each other and talk about how dreamy this guy is, when the truth is, he’s a schmuck. Classic example is Justin Bieber. The kid is a schmuck, and anyone who has a brain can see that. But try telling that to any one of the thousands of girls who attend his concert. Even if you point out the garbage he has actually done, they will defend him fiercely.

      Now, of course, men aren’t off the hook, because while men don’t do this as much with celebrities, they do it with the women that are a perfect 10. So very good looking women often have the worst personalities. Not always, but 99% of the time they do. Oh, but don’t believe for a second that they would ever admit that, because they don’t think they do have a horrible personality. Most probably think they are actually very nice people. Most aren’t. And the same holds true for the perfect 10 males. Most of the guys I know that are perfect 10s are the worst human beings I have ever known. With guys, it is literally almost a sliding scale in that the better looking a guy is, the easier women come to him, so the less nice he is. He doesn’t have to be.

  5. 5

    I have known a number of professional athletes, alpha males, and narcissists…it’s not fair to blame women for “excusing” their behaviors.
    It is a societal problem…it’s on everyone — their mother and father, their siblings, their teachers, their employers, their buddies, their significant others — everyone.   Because the sad truth is most people have made excuses for them and/or accepted excuses from them.   As a result, they have never learned that there are consequences to their actions because they keep getting a free pass.   Most of them don’t understand that just because someone offers you a free pass doesn’t mean you have take it, or that you should ask for a free pass.
    Even if one person does stand up to them and does not excuse their bad behavior, they don’t believe they are the problem because pretty much everyone else still accepts their excuses and/or makes excuses for them.

  6. 6

    Two science-based facts provide clues: As men gain power, influence and success, their testosterone levels rise. Not only does this make them attractive to more women, but makes it doubly (or even ten times!) harder to resist sexual thoughts and urges.  
    A related fact is that willpower is actually a limited resource… if we need to use it a lot we can actually use it up, on a daily basis. Put these two things together and you get the scandals we see.
    Sorry I don’t have the studies at hand, but there has been research showing these things to be true. Perhaps it provides a source of a tiny bit of compassion?

  7. 7

    Hmm. Having been cheated on by an alpha, I believe they cheat because they need the chase and conquer high, constantly.   They love their wives and children, jobs, etc. and they believe the rules are different for them.   And there are plently of women willing to lift their skirts, lowering their own moral standards, to be with alphas.   I think it is disgusting!   I would never be the other woman and I can’t understand so many womens willingness to do so.   I  refuse to be friends with women who think it’s okay to be with someone elses husband or boyfriend; it is the ultimate betrayal to their own gender!

  8. 8

    A man can’t cheat if someone isn’t willing to cheat with them!

  9. 9

    Extremely successful powerful alpha males will always cheat. Hell, the less powerful men cheat at times until a horrible STD teaches their lesson.  
    There is no need to get defensive when stated it is the woman fault for this. It is.  
    No matter what you say, we are ridiculously attracted to these men and these men know it. It is a ego boost to even have one night with them.  
    If you are “pretty” enough to attract them, you feel like you can attract “more” and eventually get what you want.  
    Do these girlfriends/wives get cheated on. YES. And they know it but they play by the old age rule -“turn the blind eye”. WHY?
    Well , its either struggle and work at a regular 9 to 5 job   living pay check to pay check eating noodles and being “good” oh because “I would never”  
    Turn the eye, live off of the millionaires income. Have his kids. Go work out. Go shopping. Stalk his other girlfriends on social media. Buy 1200 shoes. Be a part of a “society”. Eat holistically. Drive 100k Cars. , The list goes ON AND ON AND ON AND ON.  
    Most women look at the benefits rather than the “Cheating”, especially if you have a “business” mind.  
    Sorry to say guys, but these women look at this as a come up or business.  
    Everything else is thrown out the door.  
    Dont like it but it is what it is.

    1. 9.1

      Not true. What even determines an Alpha Male? I am not perfect and I know I need to be a better man everyday but one problem I do not have is with women. Its an art but I do not lead on cheat lie or manipulate. The people you are all describing are scumbags. An “Alpha Male” or what I refer to as a man who is comfortable within himself in all things and knows he is not perfect yet strives to be a better man each day would not cheat on the woman he loves. He would go out of his way to protect her both physically and emotionally meaning he would not risk breaking her heart. And by God if he did fk up and do that exact thing he would come forth with honesty feeling empathetic for the hurt he caused and ask for forgiveness. A man who sleeps with a lot of women is NOT an alpha male hes a clown who needs to “conquer” women to feel good about himself. Wow this is way off ladies

  10. 10

    Read articles on the manosphere (men’s forums) which claim that alphas DO NOT cheat – they openly date other women, with or without the consent of women in their lives. If there is any cheating, it is done by Betas – who are too weak to resist the temptations of forbidden fruit, and who are too afraid to suffer the consequences of their indiscretions. There is no need for alphas to cheat – they tell their women they are not exclusive and do not want to be. The women can like it or lump it. Alphas do not get married if they do not want to – they actually think, in some strange way, that dishonesty and all the skullduggery is actually beneathe them.

    1. 10.1

      Good point. Stands true for a lot of Alphas.

  11. 11

    I tend to run screaming from alpha males.   I find them too intimidating and unnerving.  

  12. 12

    I believe that Alphas and Betas both cheat equally except Alphas have more opportunities and options.    
    Honestly, most of the Alphas I know put their sex lives low on their priority list; they’re generally workaholics who get their hard-ons training for triathalons or boasting about their latest takeover to cronies on the golf course.  
    The situation I encounter more often is wives of these Alphas who are bored, lonely and not getting their sexual needs met.   They prowl the country clubs and restaurants with their girlfriends, hitting on bartenders, waiters and massage therapists.   (You should hear the stories one pal, a handsome FedEx delivery guy, tells about being propositioned by – and, often, gladly accepting – these women!) They’re usually pretty brash bc a. their marriages were rarely true a love matches to begin with and b. they know their Alpha husbands are generally too concerned with the bottom line to ever risk Losing Half in a divorce.
    Here’s a question, though.   Do you think that many Alphas look for different things out of marriage than regular guys?   For example, I think most politicians (including JFK and Clinton) married women for/with whom they are neither crazy hot nor lovingly comfortable, but rather whom they believe would make sensible political wives.   And if these fellows see their marriages as strategic alliances, on some level sleeping with other women doesn’t feel like cheating since it’s not betraying what’s primary between them: the shared goal of getting/staying elected.  

  13. 13

    Regarding Bill Clinton, I don’t think he cheated on Hillary because I’m sure she is well aware of the man she married, and had tacitly agreed with him to close an eye to his womanising ways as long as he did not openly humiliate her. Jackie Kennedy was cut from the same cloth. Many women married to Alphas or super Alphas know the score, and their husbands have made it clear to them that one woman is not enough for him. These women stay because they gain some utility from the marriage – kids well taken care of, financial security, fame, power whatever. It all becomes unstuck when the affairs becomes public knowledge and the wives have no option but to appear outraged and hurt because the public expects them to. They are not good wives and women if they allow their husbands to stray because traditional marriage is not like this and the poor women have to live up to some conservative traditional view of marriage and wives.

  14. 14

    The main reason is immoral women throw themselves at them. Power, wealth and fame is an aphrodisiac to certain types of women. Men are not immune to being accosted by women all the time. Sooner or later some men will make mistakes. It just reality of humanity. You can’t be surrounded by temptation all the time, its too hard for most.
    Now most men don’t have that problem.
    What about cuckold husbands. To me that’s the worst than an affair. An estimated 10% (to 30%) of husbands are raising a child thinking the child is theirs.

    1. 14.1

      Cop out. So if an immoral woman throws herself at a man he has no responsibility to himself or to her by setting a better example because he has the excuse that after a while its too hard to say no thanks? An ALPHA would not give in to temptation. Sorry Jack way off

  15. 15

    I think we need to broaden our definition of the typical alpha male. WAY too much generalization going on here for my  taste!   I know PLENTY of alpha males who are super moral, they just like to dominate and win more than betas. Tend to be more fearless also.  My Dad was an alpha male much like Evan, and he never would have cheated on my Mom.
    Ditto my current boyfriend who is alpha, decidedly. He is an alpha with tons of character, never married (by conscious choice, decided that early in his 20s, not for him), not a skirt chaser though, picky, but clearly an alpha in his approach to life and how he commands other men, both in business and in his social life. Lots of men look up to him. Seen this first-hand. A natural leader. Admired by many for his authenticity and courage. Generosity also.
    Determined to win despite great odds in his current business situation.
    But again, he is 58 so maybe he has mellowed, but I have questioned him about his past relationships (gingerly) and while he has gotten plenty of tail,  he only cheated once- in his twenties. And somewhere in his late 40s he started to look earnestly for a long-term relationship. His mistake was only dating younger women til me.   And he seemed to not put a whole lot of thought into the type of women he was pursuing either. I am the most educated, sophisticated, toughtest emotionally, successful monetarily woman he has dated to date I think.
    In short, I am every bit as good a catch as him and an alpha female so we have that in common-  and I’ve let him know it. I project, I think, after all these years, a certain fearlessness (even after I’ve bonded, slept with the man yet)  that communicates to the man “treat me well or I’m gone”. So, even though an alpha, he fell in love with me- hard- and me with him- hard-  and so  I have been successful with an alpha male.  LOL
    So could we stop with all the melodramatic generalizations wherein all good alpha males are lambasted and  denigrated  endlessly? The world NEEDS alpha males, alpha females. The central, universal, and metaphysical lesson right now is to become fearless- I see this in the news, in politics, in our towns, on the street! Time to be fearless or destroy ourselves and each other with our silly fears, which are endless imo. NRA are you listening?
    PS sorry to recount my entire life here but I need to make needed points.

    1. 15.1

      See, now this makes a lot of sense. Good description Ellen it seems the women here confuse what they think an alpha male is with a narcissist

  16. 16
    Evan Marc Katz

    @Julia, @Marcia, @Cat5 – Fascinating that I can write a post excoriating alpha males for being arrogant, entitled, amoral, narcissistic and defective and you seem to think the post is about “blaming” women. No one is blaming women for cheating men.

    But who’s fault is it that women go back to these guys? Is it the cheating man’s fault? Or the wife who refuses to walk away?

  17. 17

    I divorced an alpha-male husband who cheated on me, and then ignored my ultimatum to stop. He immediately remarried, to his mistress. The only way to respond to people like this (inc some women alphas) is to simply divorce them. You can’t change such people, and if you stay w them you can end up very bitter even if you have money.

  18. 18

    Androgynous #13- agree completely. I think there are a lot more ‘arrangements’ in marriages than we the public are privy to. And that would be find if we didn’t insist upon making it our business.

  19. 19

    Well Evan I would say there is partial responsibility but more is laid on the man that is cheating than the woman who doesn’t walk away. Saying men cheat because of women is a cheap cop out. Also you wouldn’t allow us to make blanket statements about men and yet you seem to do so with your final remark. Its all of our fault because none of us can resist them. Screw that, more people don’t cheat/are the person someone cheats with than do.

    1. 19.1
      Evan Marc Katz

      Point well missed, Julia. Of course it’s his fault that he cheated. Do you think there’s anything to learn from me saying what’s patently obvious? What’s HER responsibility? To leave. Not to keep pointing fingers, saying men are bad. Duh. Do something different to get different results.

  20. 20
    David T

    I think having your life changing immensely shakes our mental foundations. This can result the in loss of moral compass and overindulgence in many aspects, not just sex. You see it with many suddenly famous folks acted out in drug use, psychiatric collapse, over indulgence in sex, etc… Older folks have a harder time adjusting to sudden changes, but many famous children lose their way too.
    Illustrated in this thread is how the “alpha” and “beta” terms are used so much and with so many generalizations that they have lost a lot of their usefulness in discussions on this blog.   Does it refer to confidence level only?   Does it refer to willingness to settle down with one partner? Does it refer to being pushy (some very under confident men are VERY loud and pushy…some confident leaders are happy to step in and push their will only when the folks on their team need to change the course they have plotted or are floundering directionless.) Does it mean “extremely sexually attractive?”   Granted there are overlaps and some correlations between all those, but the terms are fuzzy enough that it seems like people here talk past one another when they become central to a discussion. Its up to Evan to run the show here, but I would encourage trying to use other words or phrases to describe the behaviors you mean.
    @Evan 16.   Some readers took it personally that you said “way to teach ’em a lesson, girls” instead of naming each conciliatory partners of the famous philanderers you listed. They took that as literally you faulting all women for some reason. Last thing people read is often what sticks best.
    Oh, and Strauss-Kahn?   Regardless of [the maid at the hotel in New York] Diallo’s credibility being too weak to establish “beyond a reasonable doubt” to a jury, there are enough other complaints around that particular creep that I think he deserves the sex offender label, not just the cheater label, though he is no doubt that too.

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