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Study Finds Men Don't Want to be Outsmarted by Women

If you're a smart woman this is going to make you mad!

September 19, 2017

I'm a smart woman. I am currently in school for my Master's degree. And I am proud of that and that I graduated with honors from my undergraduate degree. I'm not telling you this to brag, but rather show you exactly why this new study makes me want to vomit my guts up.

The study was published by Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

So here's the good news, men find intelligent women more attractive. Before you start jumping for joy smartie pants, there's some bad news. Essentially they found the smarter women more attractive when they didn't have to interact with them closely. So a woman on TV that's a scientist is more attractive because she's not going to be directly communicating with the men in the study. 

If you took the same woman who's a smart scientist and put her in front of the men, they'd find her less attractive. It's this idea of 'Psychological distance'. This happens when individuals rely on abstracts to make a decision about an event which is distant, in time, space, or is hypothetical.

You can read more about this study here

So what's the moral of this research, the men polled in the study think women are attractive only when they can't outsmart the man!