A woman’s perception of ‘the perfect partner’ can depend entirely on the state of her hormones. Most women have a pretty good idea of what their Mr. Right should offer her, but their idea of the perfect man is a lot more flexible than most would think. In fact, it varies with the monthly cycle.
When hormone levels reach a level that makes her more likely to conceive, that smooth-talking, handsome bad boy rockets to the top of the priority list. Under normal circumstances he might be dismissed as a poor candidate for a solid relationship, but when hormones are raging he’s perfect in every way. In other words, Mr Wrong rapidly becomes Mr Right.
Researcher Kristina Durante said: ‘While women do not realize it, the hormones associated with fertility lead them to delude themselves about sexy, bad boys. ‘Instead of seeing them as unreliable, these women think that they will become devoted partners and better dads.’ Dr Durante created fictitious online dating profiles of a handsome, charismatic skier and an average-looking but successful accountant. She then asked young women if they thought the men were father material.
The women did the test twice, when their fertility was at its highest and lowest. Their view of the accountant did not change but the skier rose in their estimations when their chance of conception was higher, said the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Dr Durante, of the University of Texas.
Not sure I’m buying Dr. Durante’s conclusions. I know lots of women who constantly make bad choices in the man department. Can we blame everything on our hormones?
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