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Must See: Psychologists Reveal Why Women Are Attracted to Bad Boys


It’s an old high school and college open secret that the bad boys get all the girls—with good, clean and smart guys mostly losing out in the battle for attention.

Even in the bigger world, the case is not really different. This has led some guys to think that, treat a woman good and she will take you for granted, but treat her like a bad guy will do and she will keep coming.

Now, the psychologists have revealed why women are attracted to bad boys— and they say, “women are drawn to men with the dark, brooding looks that suggest they are mad, bad or dangerous to know.”

According to MailOnline;

It’s thought this is because of a primitive desire to find a mate who appears mentally strong and confident to make a good father, with women drawn to narcissistic features having larger broods
Men have facial features that display the ‘dark triad’ of personality traits – Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy, according to the study published in for the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.

These include large skulls, solid and defined jaws, angular noses and deep-set eyes.
And women who want children, show a clear preference for some of these features because, like natural selection among animals, it indicates strong genes and good mental as well as physical health.

Experts from the University of Liverpool as well as institutions in Poland and Finland, showed 2,370 adult female participants a selection of computer simulated men’s faces in sets of two – with one face with more or less of the Dark Triad features than the other.
The women were asked which of the two they were most attracted to.
Some were attracted to men with strong features associated with psychopathic, Machiavellian or narcisitic traits, while others were not.

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Appearances associated with psychopathic tendencies were looking ‘aggressive’ and ‘less happy’ while those associated with Machiavellianism looked ‘dishonest’.
‘Masculine’ and ‘dominant’ traits were linked to narcissists.

The researchers wrote in the study: ‘We examined whether preferences for the dark triad personality traits in men’s faces were related to reproductive success in contemporary women.’
They found that women with preference for high narcissistic men’s faces gave birth to more offspring, while women drawn to men with Machiavellian facial features had fewer children.
The researchers concluded that; ‘These findings suggest that in modern society, women’s preference for some of the dark triad traits in men may be related to their reproductive success.’

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