I have a lot of single female friends who are smart, driven and may come across as intimidating to men. While some men find smart and driven entrepreneurs to be attractive, we often wonder why some men, especially the ones my friends like, are afraid to date smart women.
According to psychologist Lora Park at the State University of New York at Buffalo, men often feel they need to defend their status as competent and competitive and being outperformed is a threat.
In the Psychology Today article "Why Some Men Are Intimidated by Smarter Women", Park explains we can attribute this to traditional gender roles, biology, and evolutionary biases that favor aggression and rivalry.
The Love Gap by Jenna Birch:
A research-based guide to navigating the newest dating phenomenon--"the love gap"--and a trailblazing action plan to help smart, confident, career-driven women find (and keep) their match.
For a rising generation young women, the sky is the limit. Women can be anything and have everything.
They are outpacing their male peers in higher education and earning the corner office at work. Smart, driven, assertive women are succeeding at just about everything they do--except romance.
Why are so many men afraid to date smart women?
Modern men claim to want smarts, success, and independence in romantic partners. Or so says the data collected by scientists and dating websites.
If that's the case, why are so many independent, successful women winning in life, but losing in love?
Journalist Jenna Birch has finally named the perplexing reason: "the love gap"--or that confusing rift between who men say they want to date and who they actually commit to.
Backed by extensive data, research, in-depth interviews with experts and real-life relationship stories, The Love Gap is the first book to explore the most talked-about dating trend today.
The guide also establishes a new framework for navigating modern relationships, and the tricky new gender dynamics that impact them. Women can, and should, have it all without settling.