This should help:

Men who display psychopathic traits were found to be more desirable to women, according to a recent study by a pair of researchers in Canada.

The study, published last month in Evolutionary Psychological Science, found that men with these traits tend to create favorable impressions on women — even after controlling for physical attractiveness.

Psychopaths have appeared in many popular films, television series and even true-crime podcasts, including the Netflix docuseries “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and Christian Bale in the film “American Psycho.”

Both psychopaths and sociopaths fall under the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, according to Psychology Today.

Individuals with psychopathic behavior tend to be well-liked, don’t experience remorse, have an inflated sense of importance and often lie, cheat and steal to get ahead, writes Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, in Psychology Today.

In the study, researchers Kristopher Brazil of Brock University and Adelle Forth of Carleton University suggest that psychopathy may be a tactic for attracting sexual partners — but is a short-term strategy that comes with serious trade-offs.

“Psychopathic men have a personality style that makes them appear attractive to women in dating encounters. This may be because they are extra confident or feel at ease or know exactly what to say to get the attention of women,” Brazil told PsyPost.

The researchers asked 46 male students at a Canadian university to participate in a video-recorded, mock dating scenario with a female research assistant. The assistant began the conversation by asking the participant what he liked to do on a first date or what he thought was important in a relationship.

The male participants also completed assessments of psychopathy, social intelligence and sociosexuality.

Afterward, the researchers had 108 women view the dating videos and rate each man on general attractiveness, sexual attractiveness and confidence, and leave voice messages.

Brazil and Forth found that men who scored higher on the psychopathy assessment were also rated more desirable by women.

The researchers concluded that their results “suggest that psychopathy in men may enable them to ‘enact’ the desirable qualities women prefer in social and dating encounters,” according to Psychology Today.

However, the researchers said these traits likely only help men on a short-term basis.

“Another important caveat to consider is that even though psychopathy may have these benefits of attracting others, there are enormous costs and risks to being psychopathic that helps clarify why not more people are psychopathic,” Brazil explained to PsyPost.

“For instance, by virtue of being psychopathic, one never really fits in long-term in a social group. Connections to others are tenuous and rarely will someone have your back when it really matters.”

Brazil added that not only do they cheat on their partners, they also “get cheated on a lot too.”

“These costs should make it clear that the potential benefits of ‘investing’ in psychopathic traits as a young man will come with some negative consequences as well,” Brazil said.

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  1. bogsidebunny says:

    I showed this study to several local ladies.

    I asked them what the thought about it and to explain their opinions.

    Their answer:

    “Beats me”.

  2. antzinpantz says:

    I see what you did there…….

  3. Eskyman says:

    That bit about “Individuals with psychopathic behavior tend to be well-liked” doesn’t mesh with my experiences.

    Ever since Jr. High I’ve wondered why it is that girls & women like thuggish men, men that other men don’t much care for. Now if that article had said “well-liked by women,” then I’d go along with it. Lots of guys I’ve spoken with have agreed: women SAY they want soft gentle men who aren’t afraid to cry, but given a choice they’ll pick a brute who’ll beat on them, every time!

    Usually these men are the kind that other guys give a wide berth to, since they are trouble walking & we can see bad things happening if they’re around.

    Not that I’m ever right, after all Psychology Today has experts who are never, ever wrong!

  4. Drew45.8 says:

    Please. Not news. Women go for the bad boys, always have. It’s only after they’re all fucked out, used up, and worked over, and treated the way that they secretly feel they deserve that they want a decent caring man. In their perfect world, they’d get knocked up by the pretty boy dirtbags, and then have their nice cuck male raise the offspring.

    This goes hand in hand with a woman’s built in desire to change a man. Her magical vaginal and earth maiden powers will transform the rocker/arrogant jock/thug into the caring, obedient Prince Charming / Mr. Right guy (whom she has envisioned in microscopic detail since she was FIVE) who brings in tons of money. And if that doesn’t happen, she resents him forever because that’s HIS fault. Which then lets her play the favorite female game of complaining about her man forever to all the other chicks.

    Bottom line: women are fucked up in the head, period.

  5. Toxic Deplorable Racist B Woodman says:

    I’m with Drew45.8. From everything I’ve read and seen, women are of two minds (split psycho personalities). They want to play with the Bad Boys, but be taken care of by the High Earning Sensitive New Age Guy.
    Sorry, darlin’s, Real Men are awake and aware of that game, and are refusing to play. It’s called “MGTOW”, Men Going Their Own Way. ‘Bye.

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