Marital infidelity and professional misconduct linked, study shows

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People who cheat on their spouses are significantly more likely to engage in misconduct in the workplace, according to a study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers looked at the records of , financial advisers, white-collar criminals and who used the Ashley Madison marital infidelity website. Operating under the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair," Ashley Madison advertises itself as a dating service for to have "discreet encounters." Despite promises of discreetness, the data were put in the public domain through a hack in 2015 that included 36 million , including 1 million paid users in the United States.

The study, "Personal Infidelity and Professional Conduct in 4 Settings," by McCombs finance faculty members John M. Griffin and Samuel Kruger, along with Gonzalo Maturana of Emory University, found that Ashley Madison users in the professional settings they studied were more than twice as likely to engage in corporate misconduct.

"This is the first study that's been able to look at whether there is a correlation between personal infidelity and professional conduct," Kruger said. "We find a strong correlation, which tells us that infidelity is informative about expected professional conduct."

The researchers investigated four study groups totaling 11,235 individuals using data on police officers from the Citizens Police Data Project, data on from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority BrokerCheck database, data on defendants in SEC cases from the Securities and Exchange Commission's litigation release archives, and data on CEOs and CFOs from Execucomp.

Even after matching misconduct professionals to misconduct-free individuals with similar ages, genders and experiences and controlling for a wide range of executive and cultural variables, the researchers found that people with histories of misconduct were significantly more likely to use the Ashley Madison website.

Their findings suggest a strong connection between people's actions in their personal and professional lives and provide support for the idea that eliminating workplace sexual misconduct may also reduce fraudulent activity.

"Our results show that personal sexual conduct is correlated with professional conduct," Kruger said. "Eliminating sexual misconduct in the workplace could have the extra benefit of contributing to more ethical corporate cultures in general."


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More information: Personal infidelity and professional conduct in 4 settings, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1905329116 , https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/07/29/1905329116
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mqr
Jul 30, 2019
I know of a huge exception to this research: the very stable genius! his presidency has been impecable, just top performance, and he likes to assault women.

Or all those women are lying and those pornographic actresses are lying too, ....

Or his presidency is the worst ever.

Jul 30, 2019
Cheaters always cheat.

Jul 30, 2019
Duh! Why is this even news? Evil people are evil. Ethics 101.


Jul 30, 2019
so now we need to explain "good" people who claim that they would never commit evil

yet are willing to turn a blind-eye to the evil acts of figures of authority

especially those authority figures who are perceived as having power over them

{cough} mike pence {cough}

Jul 31, 2019
"For five years he cheated on me, kept me living in fear, and forged checks on my personal bank account. But everyone, including my doctor and lawyer and my friends, blamed me for the problem. He had them so convinced that he was a great guy and that I was going mad, I began to believe it myself. Even when he cleaned out my bank account and ran off with a seventeen-year-old student, a lot of people couldn't believe it, and some wanted to know what I had done to make him act so strangely!

"Psychopaths just have what it takes to defraud and bilk others: they can be fast talkers, they can be charming, they can be self-assured and at ease in social situations; they are cool under pressure, unfazed by the possibility of being found out, and totally ruthless. And even when they are exposed, they can carry on as if nothing has happened, often making their accusers the targets of accusations of being victimized by THEM."

-Psychopathy abounds.

Jul 31, 2019
so now we need to explain "good" people who claim that they would never commit evil

yet are willing to turn a blind-eye to the evil acts of figures of authority

especially those authority figures who are perceived as having power over them

{cough} mike pence {cough}
"But there is something else about the speech of psychopaths that is equally puzzling: their frequent use of contradictory and logically inconsistent statements that usually escape detection. Recent research on the language of psychopaths provides us with some important clues to this puzzle, as well as to the uncanny ability psychopaths have to move words - and people- around so easily."

{Cough}

Jul 31, 2019
This is why I disagree with my co-worker who says these people in power should be given some what of a pass. "It's just about sex..." My take is: If they can't be faithful to their spouse, why should I trust them??

Jul 31, 2019
Yeah, C_U, what part of 'forsaking all others' don't they understand ? After that, 'tis down-hill...

Jul 31, 2019
otto, my deer
thanks for clarifying your psychosis for public examination

that as you are the typical looneytick
you are unable to assemble a coherent original thought of your own

that as a woomonger
you plagiarize from other peoples work

oh, & you really should get that cough looked after

Jul 31, 2019
"The point that the researchers noted was that psychopaths seem to have trouble monitoring their own speech. What is more, they often put things together in strange ways" [Hare]

"Those of us who have had experiences with psychopaths know that the language of the psychopath is two-dimensional. They are, as someone once said, as "deep as a thimble."

"Most people are able to combine ideas that have consistent thought themes, but psychopaths have great difficulty doing this. Again, this suggests a genetic restriction to what we have called the Juvenile Dictionary. Not only are they using extremely restricted definitions, they cannot, by virtue of the way their brains work, do otherwise. Virtually all of the research on psychopaths reveals an inner world that is banal, sophomoric, and devoid of the color and detail that generally exists in the inner world of normal people. This goes a long way to explain the inconsistencies and contradictions in their speech."

-Ring any bells freak?

Jul 31, 2019
just those hollow gongs emanating from your cranial void

Aug 01, 2019
just those hollow gongs emanating from your cranial void
"Virtually all of the research on psychopaths reveals an inner world that is banal, sophomoric, and devoid of the color and detail that generally exists in the inner world of normal people."

Read it again. Google it. Look in a mirror.

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