I am not surprised to hear the news, that Maria Shriver is thinking about taking back Arnold Schwarzenegger. Why? Because she has stood by his side after countless alleged infidelities and indiscretions on his part. In one instance there is even video footage, indisputable evidence of him groping the breasts of a British morning show host. The footage is old was widely viewed during the his bid for California Governor Candidacy. Maria stayed with him for many years after this video was exposed; up until the discovery of a secret child he fathered with the house keeper. Even this isn’t enough to keep Maria away.
Many people argue that Maria comes from a family where the men are notorious cheaters so this is why she accepts her husband’s bad behavior. That in some way this is probably why she finds this type of behavior bearable, even acceptable. I disagree. It all comes down to self-esteem.
Putting the Man on a Pedestal: The Superiority/ Inferioriry Complex
When a decent woman who is not a cheater herself, like Shriver appears to be, continuously takes back a cheating partner it is likely due to an inferiority/ superiority complex. Look at Arnold: physically strong, masculine, attractive. He won Mr. Olympia six years in a row. After winning Mr. Olympia, he conquered Hollywood, when “Terminator” made him into one of America’s top action heros for years to follow. Then he became Governor of California…
From a woman’s perspective, when a man this successful wants to marry or date you, it is very flattering. Out of all the other women in the world, he chose you? You must be special, it certainly goes to your head. In reality an intelligent woman like Maria, who even has an impressive pedigree of her own, is not immune to falling for a jerk.
She has stayed by his side all these years and defended his worst indiscretions. The idea that she is thinking about taking him back because of her religion is difficult to believe. The courtesy he has shown her throughout their marriage is disrespectful and abusive. Religion is not the reason she’s staying with him, she has an inferiority complex. It is likely that from the time she met him she put him on a pedestal not only because of his looks but his accomplishments. She knows she could get another man if she wanted, but in her mind thinks something like what man could trump a man like Arnold? She has probably built him up so highly (in her mind) that she secretly feels that he is irreplaceable because he is. There is only one Arnold. She has tunnel vision and sees only him, ignoring the fact that there are billions of other men out there (literally) for her to choose from.
She Doesn’t Want Anyone Else to “Have” Him
Another reason why people stay with a man like this is because they don’t want anyone else to have him even if “having” him means not really having him at all. Staying married to or in a relationship with a man like gives the woman the illusion that he is technically “all theirs.” His affairs and flings will always be just that- affairs and flings- but Maria will be the woman Arnold comes home to forever.
Good Old Fashioned Denial
Denial also helps women like Maria stay in this type of relationship. Arnold is like a rock star, and there is no doubt that women have been throwing themselves at him since his rise to fame in the late 60’s. Maria likely has convinced herself that because of his situation with female fans some affairs are acceptable. Arnold is a man after all. If anything, she is probably impressed with Arnolds “restraint.” With all those women at his beck and call, he could’ve cheated on her a lot more than he already has, but Arnold is a family man, so he keeps it to a minimum. What a guy!
And the final reason that women like Maria stay with men like this is rooted in the economic term “sunk cost.” Sometimes a person holds onto an item hoping that when they sell it on Ebay they will get the original amount they paid for it. They are usually dreaming because the value of most things depreciate the moment it leaves the showroom. Often the owner becomes so frustrated with this injustice, refusing the paltry amount they will get for this once expensive item, they satisfy their irritation by throwing it in their garage with the rest of the junk they don’t use rather than sell it for an undesirable price. Maria has put up with a lot of Arnold’s crap over the years. She has stayed with him through several indiscretions, so why give up on him now? She has put time money and effort into the relationship and she wants a return on her investment, without realizing that there will be no return on the investment, just more disappointment, depreciation, and disrespect.
To an extent, it is a lot easier to stay in a bad relationship then to get out and start your life all over again. But a relationship like this will age you. You will live a sad and miserable existence, even if you have a smile on the outside, deep down inside, you know you deserve better. No person deserves to be treated like this, but the woman who stays in a relationship with a cheater this for this long knows what things to expect in her future and respect is not one of them.