Beautiful and smart women intimidating
Many women can get intimidated by very handsome men.
It doesn't matter how attractive the intimidated side is.
The reason, the researchers conclude, has to do with threats to masculinity (which are far more acute when the man actually has to meet the woman versus when this woman is merely a hypothetical concept).
“Feelings of diminished masculinity accounted for men’s decreased attraction toward women who outperformed them in the live interaction context,” the researchers wrote.
In this scenario, “men formed favorable impressions and showed greater interest in women who displayed more (versus less) intelligence than themselves.” (Research out this year supports the notion that men say intelligence is very important to them in a romantic partner.) But in the second part of the study — where the men were told they would meet a woman in person — a woman’s intelligence worked against her.
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.As a woman, I would find a handsome smart man intimidating. Intelligent, STRONG-minded women often are intimidating to men but not to ALL men.As an example, I'll use Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba. Only the men with poor self-esteem and a lack of their own talents are intimidated by brilliant, strong, sexy women.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.Broken into two parts, 105 men were first read a hypothetical scenario involving a woman who either outperformed or underperformed them in a Maths or English course and then made to imagine them as a romantic partner.