“[Men faced in this real life scenario] distanced themselves more from her, tended to rate her as less attractive, and showed less desire to exchange contact information or plan a date with her”.
While the authors behind the study caution that more experimentation may be needed to confirm the conclusion, they do believe that “feelings of diminished masculinity accounted for men’s decreased attraction toward women who outperformed them.” Who knew masculinity could be so fragile?
I'll see if I can find a mechanic and you can make us a nice cup of tea. Ah, ‘By the end of the course you will have a good understanding of car electrical systems, wheels, tyres and brakes.’ Hmm, sounds good! I'm going to call them to find out when the course starts. Think of all the money we're going to save on car repairs. Teacher: So, this is a standard four-stroke engine… Teacher: ...inside here – so this is a water jacket.
Oh, hey, have a look at this, Stephen: ‘This course is intended to help people who want to save money on car service and repair bills.’ Stephen: Let me have a look. You have to know how it works before you can fix it. Teacher: We're going to take a break now and then we're going to the workshop and we'll look at some brakes, OK?
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The findings, to be published in the November edition of ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’, concluded that men find the propect of dating intelligent women intimidating.
The men ranked a woman who outscored them as a more desirable partner, with the study stating that “men formed favourable impressions and showed greater interest in women who displayed more (versus less) intelligence than themselves.” However, the second part of the study – when men were asked if they would date such a woman in real life – showed that the men got cold feet.
Men are attracted to the idea of dating intelligent women - but don't actually like the reality of it.
That's according to researchers who carried out several studies into what men find desirable in women.
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