Thursday, December 17, 2009
GUEST BLOGGER: AMANDA KANE, LSW
Athlete of the Year
I'm amending my previous posting about the Tiger Woods scandal. Since it was written, many more mistresses have taken their relationship with Tiger public. I regret calling the story of infidelity “relatively mundane” because it does appear to be fairly extraordinary given the number (9 billion to be exact) of women who are claiming to know Mr. Woods in the biblical sense.
Tiger’s infidelity makes us pause and question his judgment for many reasons. It appears as if the affairs were fairly flagrant due to the rather high volume of communication (texts, picture texts, phone calls) between himself and the women.
Did he really think that he would never get caught? Why would someone with so much to lose gamble it all time and time again?
The media has mentioned the term “sex addiction” in relation to the situation. It is impossible to diagnosis Tiger from an internet arm chair, but one of the hallmarks of any addiction is the maintenance of a double life. Imagine the amount of time and energy involved in juggling multiple romantic partners (and keeping all of them secret) while maintaining your status as one of the greatest athletes of all time? Exhausting. What kind of athlete would he have been if he had less extra-curricular interests?