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SEX: The Man Killer Most people in leadership will get the opportunity to hop into the sack

with som eone inappropriately. You will have the opportunity to cross a line sexually. Yo u will be faced with a situation that looks like you just can t pass up. It s not if , it s when. So unless you want to be plundered by the Boom Chicka Wah Wah Assassi n, we need to be prepared to make good decisions in the area of sexuality and re lationships. Deadly Viper Arguably the most common and deadly of the three man-killers is Sex (Money, Powe r and Sex). It doesn t take a historian to come up with the names of several promi sing men that have been cut down in their prime by sex in its various forms: Ell iot Spitzer, Governor of New York, John Edwards, presidential candidate, and Joh n Browne, Chief Executive of BP oh yeah, and wasn t there something a while back reg arding a woman named Lewinsky? These men were successful leaders with promising futures. Yet, they chose to thr ow it all away for sex. What were they thinking? And how did they end up choosin g to do something that they knew carried such great risk? What is it about sex t hat causes men to go further than they want to go, stay longer than they want to stay, and pay more than they ever planned on? In The Truth About Cheating, licensed family counselor M. Gary Neuman studied hu ndreds of men who had cheated on their wives to find out the motivation behind t he act. His results were quite interesting. When asked what led to their unfaith fulness, their answers broke down as follows: 48% primarily emotional dissatisfaction 32% equal emotional and sexual dissatisfaction 8% primarily sexual dissatisfaction What s remarkable about these findings is the huge number of men that cheated due to emotional rather than sexual dissatisfaction. Emotional dissatisfaction? Real ly? You wouldn t guess that from listening in on conversations among men. Imagine telling your bros at halftime of the football game that your wife isn t tending to your emotions well enough. That might be the last time you re invited to the game day festivities. Many men have been taught not to dwell too much on their feeli ngs and not to talk about them with others. They don t realize that there s a proble m in this area until looking back in retrospect to what went wrong. This isn t just a married man s problem either. The same issues of emotional dissati sfaction reveal themselves in the lives of single men that hop from one relation ship to another hoping to find a woman that will erase their self-doubt and help them feel like a man. Most of us would never admit to it though, conveniently d isguising this emotional void under terms like, player, ladies man, or sewing wild oa ts rather than calling it what it really is: insecurity and weakness. The funny thing about sex is that it s never just about the sex. There s always some thing more to it than just the physical act. Whether it s loneliness, lack of conn ection with a spouse, poor confidence, or a need to be in control, sex seems to promise a quick and pleasurable respite from the real issues with which we re deal ing. Perhaps it s our failure to recognize the importance of emotional connection that has become our Achilles heel when it comes to staying clean in the arena of sexua lity. Or our inability to admit that in the age of Botox, fake boobs, and teeth whitening, that it might not be all about the physical. Men, both single and married, have an innate desire to be useful, resourceful, v aluable and needed. A quick look at some of the heroes we look up to show us examples of men who are invaluable to those around them. Think of Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man going o

but it s far better to force yourself to do it now. there are definite ly other things we can do to keep our integrity intact and our sex a positive pa rt of our lives rather than a killer. Just knowing tha t someone cares enough to ask will often deter many of us from making poor decis ions. a man that is having wonderful sex with his spouse is far less likely to see k it elsewhere. they re insecure lik e everybody else. Accountability doesn t have to be a formal meeting. Men look strong. Somewhere in the midst of diaper changes and mortgage payments life tends to beat the gratefulness out of marriages. Neuman explains that the feeling of being underappreciated is the most common em otional factor among cheating men. But as any man knows. Treat your wife with the same appreciation that you wish to feel in return. But it s not all on her in any way. Do the things she asks of you quickly and without the smallest complaint . Go above and beyond the call of duty in getting things done around the house a nd in making romantic gestures.ut each night to fight in order to buy his family some milk and keep on their ap artment s heat. it only requires a friend that is willing to hold you to your own standards and not turn a blind eye when they see you going in the wrong direction. The young secretary that calls you sir and drops e verything at your beck and call starts to look pretty attractive when you re comin g from a home environment where an eye roll has become the standard greeting. 1) Accountability Every man needs other men in his life that will ask him the to ugh questions regarding his sex life. And it hits men at the core. you can t make yourself feel valued and needed. Guys don t want to talk about their emotional needs. This could also explain why so many men find themselves having affairs with thei r subordinates at work. etc. look powerful and capable. 2) Have great sex with your spouse The idea that the best defense is a good offe nse not only applies to the playing field. But on the inside. The truth is. It s what we feel born to do in one way or another. there are steps you can take to engender more loving feelings b etween you. The idea of providing for our loved ones strikes a chord with ever y man. Obviously. a healthy sexual relationship doesn t always happen on its own. work. then it is to pathetically point the finger of blame at her after you ve been unfaithful. Mainly it requires someone who is willing to ask you questions about your sex life. all of us need it. Accountability isn t just for people in Alco holics Anonymous. that kind of feedback n eeds to come from the lady in your life. It is much easier to begin walking down the road to infidelity and scandal when left alone to justify and rationalize each chip in integrity without the spotlight of scrutiny. So it makes sense that men find themselves attracted to those that make them fee l valuable and needed and likely to wander from a relationship with those who don t. This means that women have a great role to play in protecting the fidelity of a relationship. explains Neuman. Neuman found. it must be intentionally sought after. nearly half of the cheating men reported mee ting their mistresses at work. While you can t force your wife or girlfriend to treat you with an attitu de of gratitude. And explicitly tell your wife about how you re fe eling and what you emotionally need from her. They re searching and looking for somebody to build them up to m ake them feel valued. marriage. Couples that once wrote poems of each other s beauty and worthiness now suddenly can t muste r up the strength to say thank you. but your sex life as well. What does this mean? It means you may have to actually talk to your partner abou . While all of us are better off with someone who builds us up.

another movie or commercial with a scan tily-clad beauty daring us to pursue her. has become more and more rampant as men are able to view it on the computer and in the priv acy of their own home. We are often most fulfilled when were are in the midst of learning something new and this fulfillment is a great way to fill the void t hat might otherwise be satisfied with a new woman. specifically. Everywhere a m an turns there is another advertisement. Don t take a single step down the road to being unfaithful. You re wrong. llenged my friend. getting your scuba certific ation.t what she enjoys and what she feels is lacking. like a bird darting into a sna re. Don t even take a step down the road to fantasizing about s omeone other than your wife. We must also keep our thoughts faithful a nd focused. like a deer stepp ing into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver. tangible enticements. As my friend and I were discussing this I commented that he was so foolish to go inside the house when he knew full well what was going to happen. 3) Don t even walk down her street I once read a proverb that told the tale of a y oung man who found himself walking down the street of the town s seductress. she was dressed in reve aling clothing and explained that her husband was away on business. Learn a new activity like flying a plane. let s enjoy ourselves til morning. don t stay late at work chatting with your female co-worke r. cha lun . For some it s not even about the sex as much as it is a break in the monotony. or rock climbing. And most importantly it keeps the focus on your partner rather than the new intern at work. Don t go to a friendly ch with your secretary. he was foolish the second that he stepped down her street. Come in. don t exchange personal emails and text messages with your wife s friend. For those in this position. It s a startling concept to some. Pornography. On cu e she came out of her house to meet him as he passed by. but a necessary part of keeping your sex life strong and healthy. the failure isn t so much a r elational one as it is a lack of living life well. If sex is the only thing that excites you as a man then you need to find some ne w hobbies. The benefits of a great sex life at home seem to manifest themselves in a wide variety of are as from work to physical and emotional health. 4) Learn how to fly a plane It s no secret that many men find themselves having af fairs as an injection of excitement in what has slowly become a boring life. With her smooth words and seductive tone she got him to come inside. she offered. a task difficult to do in this sex-saturated society. The proverb ended with the following words: All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter. They w ant to feel alive again. But it takes more to keep yourself on the right track than simply avoiding the o bvious physical. little knowing it will cost him his life.