“They have money and power and are surrounded by people who will protect them.They believe they are well-taken care of, to the point of being invincible.”Berman says that many well-known people are in denial about the probable fallout from their actions.
Psychologist Shirley Glass explored this topic in her 2003 book, "Not Just Friends." "The new infidelity," she says, "is between people who unwittingly form deep, passionate connections before realizng that they've crossed the line from platonic friendship into romantic love.
Infidelity is any emotional or sexual intimacy that violates trust." Allison Keating, relationship psychologist at Dublin, Ireland's b Well clinic, agrees.
The New Cheating: Cyber Infidelity In the June 6 press conference where Weiner admitted he sent a racy photo of himself to a woman via Twitter, he also denied that he had cheated on his wife — because, he said, he had not had sex with that woman or any of the other women he engaged with online. This type of behavior isn’t sexual or emotional infidelity, says sex educator, researcher, and therapist Laura Berman, Ph D, a on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and Everyday Health sexual health expert on Dr Laura “Sexual infidelity means you need to have sexual contact with a person who is not your partner, and emotional infidelity means that you’re confiding in and emotionally connecting with a person outside of your relationship without the sex,” she says. It’s easy to point fingers at politicians like Weiner or Chris Lee (the former U. Representative from New York who resigned in February after he posted a bare-chested photo of himself on Craigslist looking for a relationship).
After all, high-profile men are natural risk-takers, says Berman.
“Just because the women in the public eye are not getting caught does not mean women in general are not cheating and flirting online,” says Kaiser.
After all, it takes two to strike up a cyber flirtation.
"Some couples don't mind a degree of flirting; for others, it might mean the end," says psychologist Keating.
"But the point is that a couple tends to be aware of the values they have set up within their particular relationship, and they know when they are crossing the line." Talk openly and honestly with your spouse, and don't be afraid to get professional help when you need to. "When you have more interests in your life, you have less of a desire to find something exciting and taboo to intrigue you," says Steven Stosny, coauthor of "How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It." Jessica Taylor has been writing professionally since 2007.
“These men would never be in the positions they are today if it wasn’t for their desire to take risks, so doing something inappropriate in a public forum, like social media, is part of the high for them.”Entitlement is another factor.