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Published on April 5, 2010 by Douglas LaBier, Ph.D. in The New Resilience

With Tiger Woods back in the game after his “bad decisions” admission on ESPN, I couldn’t help but recall George (not his real name), who had consulted me about how to deal with his new affair. Visions of Woods, Jessie James, Mark Sanford, John Edwards and others came to mind — along with the similar stories of countless patients over the years.

George began by telling me that “She was standing off by herself during a conference break, leaning against a wall, sipping coffee.”As I walked by, our eyes met and I felt a sudden jolt — a rush of energy, real connection. Suddenly we found ourselves talking, feeling like we had known each other for years.” The affair “just “happened,” George added.

That’s an explanation I’ve heard many times. Another one sounding a bit more “strategic”…

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