Men prefer "good girls", women are not so simple

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The good news is that women no longer enjoy the "bad guys." The news is worse: responsiveness and concern for them, too, not to be tempted. Conclusions reached by the international team of psychologists, it is revealed as responsiveness or, conversely, callousness affect the sexual attractiveness to the opposite sex at an early stage of dating, to help women succeed in love, but is unlikely to be useful for men. * The report on research is published in the July issue of the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

It turned out at the stage of the first meeting of these women as a potential partner is not interested, though, of course, begin to play a role later on, when it comes to long-term stable relationship.

But all in order. Experts from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (Israel), the University of Rochester in New York and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) conducted a series of three tests, each of which was attended by 80 to 161 students.

During the tests, each participant talked with a representative of the opposite sex, or online, without seeing the interlocutor (but before the conversation they were shown a photo - all the same), or "alive," and during the conversation touched on the problems and failures, for example, told about a failed exam. The two sides have reacted either responsive and sympathetic (for example, "how difficult it must have had thee"), a callous and indifferent ( "in my opinion, nothing special"). After the interviews, participants evaluated their potential partners on the scale of responsiveness, sex appeal and femininity or masculinity. Among men, the result is predictable and easily understandable. All of these qualities - care, attention, ability to penetrate other people's problems and sympathize with, in other words, responsiveness, - correspond to traditional gender stereotypes. Therefore, men have expressed their interviewees felt more feminine and therefore more attractive sexually.

The women have not selected any "good guys" or "bad," that is, to put it strictly, a statistically significant correlation between the responsiveness of a potential partner, and an evaluation of its sexual attractiveness survey revealed.

How to explain this? According to the head of research Gurita Birnbaum (Gurit Birnbaum), women who can not buy responsiveness may "perceive partners such as inappropriate pious, or manipulators seeking sexual conquest, or wanting to please, perhaps of despair, and, therefore, less attractive sexually. An alternative explanation - sympathetic man may seem defenseless woman, dominant enough. " But in the eyes of other women, she continues to Birnbaum, "sympathetic stranger will look sincere and caring person, that is a desirable long-term partner." Another researcher Eli Finkel (Ali Finkel), explains: "A man can be responsive or not, it does not affect its appeal. Women are denied the luxury: to please, they have to be nice. "

Explanations regarding the applicability of the results obtained during the experiments with the participation of students, men and women over the age of maturity the authors do not give.

* Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, July 2014