A psychology study has found that women do not want a man who is too clever or handsome
The British Journal of Psychology has recently presented the results of a study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA).
The researchers conducted a study among 214 college students (70% females) with an average age of 19, asking “What kind of lovers do you want?”. The questionnaire list specifically questioned participants about 4 main factors: good looks, intelligence, kindness, and easy going nature.
The participants were asked to say how attracted they would be to potential partners who were, for example, kinder than 1 percent of the population. They were then asked the same for 10 percent, 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent, 90 percent and 99 percent of the population. For each percentage, participants rated the partners on a six-point scale and they had to be honest with themselves.
How did the survey come out? The results showed that the more the quality was present, the more attractive the person was as a partner – most of the time. But for females, partners lost their appeal at the top of the scale for some traits.
In other words, to a woman, a partner would be more attractive if they were more intelligent than 90 percent of the population. However, attractiveness decreased if the person was more intelligent than 99 percent of the population.This was not just the matter of brain but the same results were witnessed in remaining three factors.
More interestingly, this result was different when survey was conducted among men. Men tended to be attracted by overly intelligent women or overly intelligent women. Dr Gilles Gignac, who conducted the study said: “The results also showed that to women anything good could become bad if it went too far.”