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.
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?
A man's level of confidence governs his life and actions.
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.But he made a comment about something in my field, and I responded with some information from a research paper I had just published,” she told me.“And it was right after that that he told me that he had to go.” Sara is a scientist with several advanced degrees. But I’m also used to guys outside of work being intimidated by what I do.” When she was younger, she had gotten used to guys rejecting her as a possible girlfriend because they thought she was too serious, too scholarly, or too smart. Years ago, Sara’s mother told her, “If you want to find a husband, don’t be too smart.” Sara had discounted the advice as old fashioned, and anti-feminist.In that respect it is actually good riddance that men who are not confident enough to go for the really great women, focus on average women.
A very smart woman needs a man who can see her value and understands how being with her makes him look better.Her previous long-term boyfriend not only did not seem bothered by her intelligence; he seemed to enjoy it.