“Showing a happy face is considered essential to any friendly social interaction, including those involving sexual attraction. Yet few studies have examined whether a happy expression is in fact, attractive. Are women interested in men who smile, or do they prefer men who appear confident? Do men seek happy women, or are they more drawn to those who are demure, averting their gaze and showing shame?”
I love psychology. Love it. However, studies like these make we want to tell science that no, people aren’t really like this! Us ladies care more about sweet, charming, nice guys than the arrogant, prideful ones.
This study is intriguing because it’s investigating the psychology behind social norms. In the eyes of men, what type of women are more appealing? Confident and capable? Charming and happy? Submissive and demure? Same thing goes for our perception of men. Are we wired to be attracted to the nice guys? Or are they at a disadvantage? [Read more…]