Strug­gling to get a date? You might be too in­tel­li­gent, says new study

When look­ing at dif­fer­ences be­tween gen­ders, the find­ings im­plied that fe­males value kind­ness and in­tel­li­gence in a po­ten­tial part­ner more than males.

The Borneo Post - Nature and health - - Eq -

DE­SPITE in­tel­li­gence of­ten be­ing rated as one of the most im­por­tant char­ac­ter­is­tics when look­ing for a part­ner, those who are too clever may ac­tu­ally be less at­trac­tive to the op­po­site sex, ac­cord­ing to new Aus­tralian re­search. Con­ducted by re­searchers at the Univer­sity of West­ern Aus­tralia, the new study sur­veyed 214 young adults about four char­ac­ter­is­tics that both men and women usu­ally look for in a part­ner: in­tel­li­gence, easy­go­ing­ness, kind­ness, and phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness.

The par­tic­i­pants were asked how at­tracted they would be to a po­ten­tial part­ner who was more in­tel­li­gent than one per cent, 10 per cent, 25 per cent, 50 per cent, 75 per cent, 90 per cent, and then 99 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion. They were then asked the same ques­tion for each of the other three per­son­al­ity traits.

The re­sults showed that how at­trac­tive kind­ness and phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness were rated plateaued at the 90th per­centile, with lead au­thor Gilles Gignac com­ment­ing, “So, on av­er­age, there doesn’t ap­pear to be any gain to be­ing ex­cep­tion­ally kind or ex­cep­tion­ally phys­i­cally at­trac­tive in the con­text of at­tract­ing a ro­man­tic part­ner.”

How­ever, the study sug­gests that it may be pos­si­ble to be too in­tel­li­gent or too

easy­go­ing, with the re­searchers find­ing that there was a sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in how at­trac­tive in­tel­li­gence and easy­go­ing­ness were rated at the 99th per­centile, com­pared to the 90th per­centile.

“Pre­vi­ously pub­lished re­search sug­gests that el­e­vated lev­els of in­tel­li­gence may in­cite feel­ings of in­se­cu­rity in some peo­ple, which may re­duce de­sir­abil­ity,” ex­plained Gignac. “Cor­re­spond­ingly, ex­cep­tional easy­go­ing­ness may be viewed as an in­di­ca­tion of a lack of con­fi­dence or am­bi­tion.”

When look­ing at dif­fer­ences be­tween gen­ders, the find­ings im­plied that fe­males value kind­ness and in­tel­li­gence in a po­ten­tial part­ner more than males. How­ever, over­all the dif­fer­ences were small, with the study find­ing that men and women are es­sen­tially sim­i­lar with re­spect to how de­sir­able they rate in­tel­li­gence, phys­i­cal at­trac­tion, easy­go­ing­ness, and kind­ness.

How at­trac­tive each of the four char­ac­ter­is­tics was rated to be was also sim­i­lar whether par­tic­i­pants were rat­ing the trait as a sex­u­ally at­trac­tive char­ac­ter­is­tic or for a long-term re­la­tion­ship. The find­ings can be found pub­lished on­line in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Psy­chol­ogy. – Re­laxnews

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