"It's safe to say that sex addiction might be a part of his problem," the TV doctor says, but also adding that with sex addiction there's usually childhood trauma which he has not seen any evidence of with Tiger.
But conventional wisdom among therapists has long been that there is no such thing as a sex addict. All human beings are born sexual and there is no limit placed on the frequency of sexual encounters humans can engage in. Just as there is no limit to a human being's freedom of sexual expression.
What some refer to as a "sex addict" is actually a manifestation of narcissism. In other words, Tiger Woods is a classic narcissist who believes all (white) women desire him sexually because he feels his sexual prowess is superior. The narcissist attempts to prove his sexual superiority by engaging in a pattern of repeated sexual relationships with women with no emotional attachment.
When all is said and done, it will eventually come out that Tiger Woods has had multiple affairs with women while he's been married. We only know of 3 women because only 3 have come forward.
Another classic narcissistic sports figure was basketball great Wilt Chamberlain who boasted of having had sex with over 20,000 women.
The implication is that a sexual addict is somehow "broken" and therefore can be fixed. Narcissism is incurable and it is the root of excessive sexual behavior.
So when a man who has cheated repeatedly says he can change his ways, he's lying. Narcissists are incurably unfaithful.
Narcissists lack empathy for others and possess an exaggerated sense of entitlement, self-importance or self worth. Narcissists like Tiger Woods engage in repeated sexual encounters to exert control over others -- not for sexual pleasure because narcissists do not get pleasure from sex.
Narcissists are addicted to power, attention and fear -- not sex.