Smart women intimidating
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 study, carried out by researchers the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and University of Texas, Austin, posits that men’s attraction to certain traits in women can be directly affected by how realistic a romantic prospect their potential lover is.Two women in their late 20s walk into a Manhattan bar.One, an energetic blonde named Jayne, is the cofounder of a financial technology start-up.less) intelligence than themselves," the study said.."Thus, it makes sense that for a valued attribute such as intelligence, men would prefer someone (in the abstract) with more (vs.uncovered a sad dichotomy when it comes to men and attraction. Men are attracted to the idea of a woman who's smarter than them, but when it comes to actually dating said woman, there's an intimidation factor that often makes them feel less attracted.The researchers conducted six studies with a group of 105 men, all measuring their levels of attraction to smart women.
Especially if they are very successful in other ways." Recent research supports these conclusions.
It's the gap in intelligence —not gender — that causes the intimidation."Do strong career minded women intimidate guys? It probably has more to do with these women having chosen to spend their time and effort trying to accomplish other goals instead of pursuing and working on relationships." "Honestly, when it comes down to it, all men have a little bit of intimidation in them, simply because of the historical dominance of males in society.
Men inherit milllennia years of social and hierarchical dominance and either knowingly or unknowingly have an irrational fear of losing their territory." As a younger single man, I was intimidated by the women I was attracted to; the more sexually attracted I was, the more intimidated I felt.
“I’ve been told by well-meaning relatives: ‘Don’t talk about work on a date, dumb it down, and it’s bad to earn so much money because guys will be scared of you.’ And I got the word ‘intimidating’ a lot,” said Alexis, a 35-year-old lawyer in San Francisco. Nearly half of single women believe their professional success is intimidating to the men they meet.
Put another way, many high-achieving women think their success is not helping them find love.