And if they are intimidated, is that good intimidation (as I suspect), or is it more of a turn-off thing?
I asked many of my friends who often get the “he is just intimidated by you” line why they think they fit the mold of a hard-to-approach gal.
Results revealed that, in general, men “formed favorable impressions and showed greater interest” in the women who had performed better than them, rather than those who performed worse.
Eighty-six percent of these men also said that they would feel comfortable dating someone smarter than themselves, and none exhibited an effect on the way they evaluated their masculine qualities.
At least that’s the conclusion of a recent study (minus the wolf), which found that while men might say they look for intelligence in potential partners, most of them are actually too intimidated by the idea of being with a woman who is smarter than them to ever ask one out on a date.
They asked 105 men to read a hypothetical scenario about women who had either scored higher or lower than them on a recent exam, and then rank their attractiveness.
In addition to rating the women, the men were asked to fill out a survey to measure how much they personally related to various stereotypical male qualities.
According to the scientists' findings, the women surveyed were most impressed by men who were either good-looking or intelligent.
However men put much more of an emphasis on a woman's physical appearance.