Freud predicted all this, including the title of the Petraeus-Broadwell book (taringa.net)
David was an all or nothing guy. Always a risk taker, always a winner and always disciplined. The irony is that the same characteristics that got him to the top of the mountain, pushed him off. When on such a lofty perch, the discipline thing ceased up in those brain freeze moments when Paula came in contact and everything seemed worth the risk (mainly the sex). Besides, he had always come out a winner before, so … what the hell, go all in.
Just so we’re clear, this wasn’t just David’s amygdala (animal brain) operating in isolation. He wasn’t out on the savannah fighting alone, Paula was embedded with him, risking the risks, displaying the spoils. They were both all in. Freud would say that the title of the biography she wrote about David, All In, was a pure “Freudian-slip.” And today, we know that even Freud had the “rules” of human sexual behavior wrong. In fact, no one has yet been able to establish what the rules are or should be; not the psychologists, not the neurologists, not Dr. Kinsey, Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil, Dr. Laura or the Bible. So until someone can, we need to accept that there are no rules, accept the reality of the human condition and stop feeding the coffers of the tabloid media.