Lora Park, a social psychologist at the University of Buffalo, and her colleagues Ariana Young and Paul Eastwick studied the reactions of men to women they experienced as smarter than them and found an interesting phenomenon that might very well explain what happened between Sara and John.In three separate studies, the team found that men were attracted to such women .Meet thousands of local Rural singles, as the worlds largest dating site we make dating in Rural easy!

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It does seem to be one possible (albeit not the only) explanation for John’s behavior after meeting Sara in person.

Fortunately, of course, there are also men and women who do fit the pattern discovered in the research.

This young woman was supposedly taking the test with the students, and made limited small talk before the test began.

Afterward, test “scores” were distributed, and in the final moments, the young men were asked by testers if they found the young woman attractive and would be interested in dating her?

Park and her colleagues concluded that there may be something about being in physical proximity to someone who is outperforming oneself that decreases a man’s sense of his masculinity.

Thus, they suggest, when a woman is nearby, some men may actually feel her competence as a threat to their masculinity, whereas this is not the case when a woman is distant. Have you, like me, seen them borne out in some situations?

This is the same reason the prettiest girl is not always the one who gets approached or asked on a date. I have always said that average or less than average women are the most sought after women in the world!

Being a woman who is too pretty or too smart has advantages when it comes to small gains (free drinks, better treatment, etc) but major disadvantages when it comes to finding long term partners and maintaining friendships.

Whether the subject was math or English, the men rated the woman who outperformed them as a long-term romantic partner.

In a different study, the researchers put male college students in a room to take a test with a college-aged woman who was, in fact, a “confederate” or “plant” of the team.

As she went over their conversation in her mind, she realized there was one thing that stood out—though she did not want to believe it.