Dec 22, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT
Leave it to C.J., the gossip columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, to come up with this angle. She recently interviewed a criminal profiler to get a clearer picture of how and why Tiger Woods philandered his way onto the front page of every newspaper, web site and blog in the world. Pat Brown (pictured) is the renowned author of The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths, scheduled for release in May, and is an expert on constructing personality profiles based on a person’s actions and other evidence.
Brown jokes that Woods is “not a serial killer, he’s a serial driller,” and in no way suggests that he is a criminal in the classic sense; unless you consider hijacking the holidays a crime. But she does unravel people’s personalities for a living, and thus has some rather interesting observations on America’s Cheater of the Decade. (Apologies to John Edwards, David Letterman and Mark Sanford).
Excerpts from brown’s interview with the Star-Tribune:
“I’m guessing that Tiger Woods has always had the silver spoon given to him. He was the apple of his parents’ eyes, especially his daddy’s eye,” said Brown. “He thinks he can do what he wants to do and everything he wants, Tiger should get. Apparently he has used his fame, money, freedom, if you can call that freedom when he’s traveling, to do whatever he wants. It shows a high level of narcissism, which makes sense when a person has the [athletic abilities he does], and a lack of empathy for his wife. He is unable to feel what she feels. He is unable to control his own desires, and he thinks he has the right to have it.
“What is interesting is that he’s gotten so many women in so many different ways, including [allegedly] prostitution, which is breaking the law; he apparently didn’t have a problem with that. He’s above it all. Can’t touch him on the golf course, can’t touch him in bed — apparently he thinks he’s hot in bed — can’t touch him in the media. Only now he’s just found out he can indeed fall from grace.
“Tiger got caught with a woman by the National Enquirer in 2007 and he buys them off. Didn’t stop him, though,” said Brown. “I think what we are looking at is a high level of arrogance. How do you get to where [he is] and not realize that you have to be careful with every communication, every move you make,” said Brown.
In case you missed it in the confusion, Woods’ camp allegedly cut a deal with the National Enquirer to stop them from reporting Woods’ affair with waitress Mindy Lawton in 2007, in exchange for Woods appearing on the cover of one of their sister publications.
“We see that with serial killers. In the beginning of their serial killing they are careless because they don’t know any better. Then they get smart and they’re careful. And then they get so arrogant, so used to doing it, they stop paying attention to what they’re doing.
“I think Tiger’s the same way. He got to the point he was doing it so much, he just got more and more careless. He thought he was completely untouchable.”
The God Complex is mostly associated with doctors and Roman emperors, but golf works too, I guess. Especially if you’re as talented as Tiger Woods. And whether you agree with Brown or not, you have to agree that Tiger couldn’t have pulled this off on his own. He had a lot of enablers.
C.J.: Why, Tiger? A criminal profiler has insights [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
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