Broken into two parts, 105 men were first read a hypothetical scenario involving a woman who either outperformed or underperformed them in a Maths or English course and then made to imagine them as a romantic partner.
Men are attracted to the idea of dating intelligent women - but don't actually like the reality of it.
That's according to researchers who carried out several studies into what men find desirable in women.
The findings, to be published in the November edition of ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’, concluded that men find the propect of dating intelligent women intimidating.
The study, carried out by researchers the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and University of Texas, Austin, posits that men’s attraction to certain traits in women can be directly affected by how realistic a romantic prospect their potential lover is.
They may be really outgoing as well, which can add in all the problems from the point above.
I find their intimidating aura shrinks when you just have more experience with them.
You get used to them, start to see them as normal people, and learn firsthand that they have flaws and quirks and insecurities like everyone else.
Some socially awkward types have the problem of being a bit too uneasy around certain types of people.
Here are the big ones: When someone is intimidated by really outgoing people it's that they're worried about having to talk to them and feeling really overwhelmed and like they won't be able to keep up or know what to say.