Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 12.22.08 PMDumb it down, girl. According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, men are more intimated by intellect than we thought.

Sure when you first meet and fall in love during a heated debate over fossil fuels and free radicals, it’s cute. He’s intrigued and wants your opinion on everything from where he should invest his money to whether or not it’s time to ditch his waves and go the Morris Chestnut route. But why does that wonder and curiosity fizzle out when your intelligence directs its attention to the Instagram photo his cousin posted of the two of them throwing confetti in the air at a strip club when he told you he was at an all night prayer service up at the church?

In the two part study, researchers surveyed 105 men (which admittedly isn’t even that many) but they found that men ranked women who outperformed them as more desirable and showed greater interest in women who displayed more intelligence than them. But in the second portion, when they were asked if they would actually date the brilliant dream girl, they were like “Nah.”

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  • Me

    FCUK that. I’m not attracted to men who spook easily so if my intelligence intimidates you, kick rocks. Men are not my measuring stick so don’t ask me to lower myself to their mediocrity. Step up or step off.

    • Mahogany

      Right. Dumb it down for what? You need to smart up instead. Smh.

  • [email protected]

    No one should be shamed if that person has a great amount of intelligence. There is nothing wrong with debating about politics, science (like quantum physics), anthropology, and other subjects. There are many men who are intimidated by a very intelligent woman. That is a product of those males’ insecurities and nothing more. Only those who are insecure would be intimidated by a woman’s intelligence. All people should develop their minds, souls, and their character.

  • mywordsaremypower

    I have a brain and I will not stop using it. My ex hated that I used big word when I got into arguments as he thought it made him look stupid. When I get mad the dictionary and a trick driver mouth collide lol. I like to know what is going on in the world and that annoyed the hell out of most the men I dated. They thought I should submit my opinion to their’s.

  • paintgurl40

    Years ago there was this guy who used to always try to talk to me even AFTER telling him I was married. What FINALLY got him to leave me alone? I was having a conversation and casually mentioned that I was in college for Electronic Engineering. He left me alone after that! A CONFIDENT MAN WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY A SMART WOMAN. An insecure man will give you problems. It’s okay to be smart, but don’t be obnoxious about it. IMO, just because a person went to college doesn’t mean they are “smart”. I’ve met people with just a h.s diploma who are very intelligent when it comes to common sense and street smarts. I’ve also met college graduates who are book smart but are street dumb.