Are we more or less attracted when we are told “facts” about someone?
This comment was by Elissa in reference to the post – All Tyler Durden and no Marla: Why are Some Men Terrified of Smart Women?
This touches the core of classical male/female sexual attraction.
They ask a group of men to look at pictures of women, some of which are more attractive than others. The men find these women attractive. They then bring in (face-to-face) the attractive woman, in the same room as the man who found her attractive and tell him that she has tested higher than him on an IQ test. He is now less likely to view her as a partner.
Same sort of test, but switched: they ask a group of women to look at pictures of successful men, some of which are more attractive than others. They then bring in (face-to-face) the attractive successful man, in the same room as the woman who found him attractive and tell her that he is measurably more attractive than her. She is now less likely to view him as a partner.
Under normal circumstances, these forms of mental waterboarding have much less impact than they do under these contrived conditions. No one should be surprised.
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