Men Feel Threatened By Intelligent Women – Recent Study

A new study to be published in the November issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin confirms what many have suspected: men may be attracted to the idea of dating an intelligent woman, but in reality they prefer dating a woman who is less intelligent than them. The researchers at the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and University of Texas, Austin, studied various hypothetical scenarios with 105 male participants, in which potential romantic partners either out- or underperformed them in English and math classes. While men initially ranked the women outperforming them as “more desirable,” when asked in a second part of the study whether they would date these women in real life, they “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 researchers called for more research and were cautious to draw conclusions, they suggested that “feelings of diminished masculinity accounted for men’s decreased attraction toward women who outperformed them.”


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