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?
It does seem to be one possible (albeit not the only) explanation for John’s behavior after meeting Sara in person.
Or he may have difficulty with intimacy or some other issue she could have no way of knowing about. She wanted to know if she had done something to drive him away.
As she went over their conversation in her mind, she realized there was one thing that stood out—though she did not want to believe it.
Up close and personal, it appears that men prefer women who are so smart.
A third set of experiments revealed much the same data, with some possible explanation of why this happens.
Then John looked at his watch and said that he had to get going.
He didn’t mention getting together again, and that was the last Sara heard from him. There are many possible reasons that John might have decided not to pursue the relationship further: He may simply have decided he was not attracted to her after all, or that she was not as interesting as she seemed in her profile.
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.
Do they take drugs or drink to kill their brain cells, do they refuse to read, write, go to school, or engage in any behaviors that will reduce their own IQ?
Do they play stupid or ignorant long enough to bag the ultimate prize - a husband - then turn their smarts back on?
They were then asked to rate the woman both in terms of warmth and friendliness, and in terms of how desirable they would find her as a long-term romantic partner.
Whether the subject was math or English, the men rated the woman who outperformed them as a long-term romantic partner.