You can be too intelligent to be loved, say scientists

Being too intelligent or easygoing can mean you are significantly less attractive to a potential partner, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia asked people how they felt about four key characteristics in a partner - intelligence, easygoingness, kindness and physical attractiveness.
Participants in the study were asked how attracted they would be to a potential partner who was more intelligent than 1%, 10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 90%, and then 99% of the population.This was repeated across all of the personality traits, and the results were published in the British Journal of Psychology.It found that people found someone in the 99th percentile for both intelligence and easygoing was significantly less attractive than someone in the 90th percentile.Lead author of the study, Gilles Gignac, said the results ran counter to the idea that kindness and intelligence were the most important characteristic for a romantic partner, as people could be wary of too much of a good thing.
You can be too intelligent to be loved, say scientists

Despite kindness being an important quality, people could be wary of too much of it
"Previously published research suggests that elevated levels of intelligence may incite feelings of insecurity in some people, which may reduce desirability," he explained.
"Correspondingly, exceptional easygoingness may be viewed as an indication of a lack of confidence or ambition."So, on average, there doesn't appear to be any gain to being exceptionally kind or exceptionally physically attractive in the context of attracting a romantic partner," Mr Gignac said.The study also attempted to figure out why some people were much more attracted to intelligence than others.
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It found that neither how intelligent a person was, nor even how intelligent they thought they were, was good at predicting how attractive they thought intelligence was."This result is surprising, considering there is assortative mating for intelligence that indicates a correlation between people in a romantic relationship having similar intelligence levels," said Mr Gignac.
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