Whether it’s a struggling college student in Washington, D.C. trying to make ends meet, or a “manageable” pill problem no one needs to know about, double lives can be a full time job for the older man of means.
With a middle class in America on life support, and article after article telling young people that in order to become really rich you have to start out really rich, you can see how things can become demoralizing after a while.
Advertising flaunts the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous at every turn, and the fact shows like The Kardashians are among America’s favorite “reality” pastimes, you can see where the average person might feel like a civilian in a war they can’t win.
Okay, so this is the playing field.
Enter the affluent and entitled middle-aged man with time on his hands and penchant for youth, and beauty and a new market is born.
In this world everything one might imagine is usually the norm.
“Michael” has been married to the same woman for 20 years. They have 3 kids in college. At 55 he’s proven all he needs to prove to himself and the world around him. He’s been financially successful, sits on corporate and charitable boards, and is a member in good standing of a prestigious country club. What more of life could one ask?
“Michael” is bored. He wants more out of life. But more of what?
He wants to feel “alive” again. He wants the higher highs, the ones that kept him motivated and in the saddle all these years.
So he stumbles around a bit.
He tries to retire, but that doesn’t work because boredom – and that sense of irrelevance – start creeping into the subconscious until he’s ready to climb out of his skin.
So he goes back to work, but still finds holes in the plaster. There’s got to be more. This can’t be all that’s left of what once was.
It’s time for an assessment.
1] This mental process is uncommon among ordinary men.
2] However, it is quite common among politicians, athletes, entertainers, high-octane suits, and other libidinous creatures, otherwise known as men who expect more because they feel entitled to more.
Using #2 as a template for this brief discussion, it doesn’t stretch the imagination to understand why playing life close to the vest is endemic to success in any and all endeavors.
In this sense, business and pleasure overlap and what we see are happily married men with mistresses in luxury apartments in other cities, for example.
They do not consider this cheating.
In their minds, its like a tax credit for providing their wives with high-end lifestyles they would not otherwise experience.
So it’s a win-win.
This level of compartmentalization is common among high-functioning sociopaths, who did not climb to the top being kind and compassionate.
With this as a backdrop, one can easily see that certain psychological profiles lead to certain behaviors, which is why criminal profilers who hunt homicidal sociopaths might open a division just for affluent older men who lead double lives.
While they don’t dump bodies along lonely stretches of freeway, they drop souls all over the place.