A study has revealed that brooding men with a slight hint of shame are the most attractive to women as opposed to smiling ones that women found less appealing..
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The study conducted by the University of British Columbia revealed that women find happy men less sexually attractive than those with expressions that show pride or hint that they have done wrong and know it.
The study published in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion asked participants to look at pictures of men and women showing different emotions and then they were then asked for their initial reactions on sexual attractiveness based the expressions they saw.
“Men who smile were considered fairly unattractive by women,” said Jessica Tracy, a University of British Columbia psychology professor who directed the study.
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The men’s reaction was just the opposite.
“Women who smile are absolutely very attractive. That was by far the most attractive expression women showed,” Tracy revealed.
The researchers admit they are not sure why men and women reacted differently to smiles. In a man, a big smile may make him appear too feminine or more desperate for sex.
“Women are attracted to guys like James Dean, Edward the vampire. The guys who are flawed, but who know it and are tortured by it,” Tracy said.
A slightly downcast expression of shame is an appeasement gesture that hints at a need for sympathy. The study also suggests that women are attracted to bad boys.
Prof. Tracy said there was no clear explanation why the bad boy is more attractive, only that he stokes a woman’s carnal instincts more than the nice guy with the smile.
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But happy men shouldn’t despair because the researchers stressed they looked only at initial reactions of sexual attractiveness, and were not recommending men adopt a no-smile policy for a long-term relationship.
“When people want a long-term relationship they take much more into account than sexual attractiveness. How nice a person is, is a big thing,” Tracy said.“So we’re not saying, don’t be a nice guy.”
Personally I’ll have a smiling guy over a grumpy looking one any day….what do you think? Smiling or brooding? Let us know below…..