Men find me intimidating
When the man’s score was higher than the woman’s, he was more likely to put his seat nearer to her and express romantic interest.
But when his score was lower than hers, the study showed, he was likely to feel less attracted to her, less masculine himself, and less interested in getting her contact information or going on a date with her. Park is quick to clarify that previous research has shown that men are attracted to female intelligence; in fact, it’s one of the strongest predictors of romantic interest.
Her friend, Tina, is a computer programmer with a tattoo and an Ivy League degree.
Both single, they instinctively know not to talk about their jobs with any men who approach them. than he is and, again, he’d likely say yes, as was discovered in a recent study led by psychologist Lora Park at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
We can attribute this to traditional gender roles, biology, and evolutionary biases that favor aggression and rivalry.
If nothing overrides a man’s feeling of inadequacy, he can become anxious and depressed and suffer from low self-esteem.
When male volunteers were told that a hypothetical female classmate outscored them on a math or verbal test, the majority said they would prefer her as a romantic partner over a woman with a lower score. But Park and her colleagues—psychologist Paul Eastwick and Ariana Young, a doctoral student—pressed on.
They asked their subjects to take a math test, then manipulated each man’s result to make it higher or lower than that of an actual woman sitting next to him.
If a man reacts negatively to the perceived superiority of a woman, he’s probably unaware of it.
If such a pair actually go out, the man’s mindset isn’t guaranteed to be very different.