Most men would say that they want a strong and independent woman, but as they get closer to that kind of woman, they find themselves feeling more self-conscious about their own strength and independence, and that makes men uncomfortable. This is a shocking truth behind how men really feel around smart women.

The study found that people perceive strength differently at a distance. For example, men who were attracted to “strong” women at work, liked that they were in a position of power and held their own. Men who said they were interested in women who were intelligent, changed their tune when those women were in proximity to them. In other words, at a distance, such as online or over the phone, men liked intelligent women, but when they were in the same room as them, they didn’t like that some women were perceived as being smarter than them.

However, as the two become closer, even from a high-level business perspective, men became increasingly less attracted to strong women that caused men to question their own self-worth or contribution to the company. In other words, men liked strong women who didn’t impact their work or lives directly.

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Men who said they were interested in women who were intelligent, changed their tune when those women were in proximity to them.

In other words, at a distance, such as online or over the phone, men liked intelligent women, but when they were in the same room as them, they didn’t like that some women were perceived as being smarter than them.

What men say aren’t what they really mean

while men pretend to be okay with women’s strength, intelligence, power, and dominance in all walks of life, the truth is that some men are really struggling to keep up with the flip in social expectations and norms.

It’s a slippery slope and one that men will not like to be called out on; after all, they don’t want anyone pointing out their own identity issues. Men are supposed to be strong and intelligent. And many of them are; it’s just too bad that they can’t be in the same room as a strong and intelligent woman too.

Strong women know they have a lot to bring to the table in the business world, and they are well aware of what they can bring to a relationship. They understand themselves, their needs, and their own desires in a way that makes them even more powerful. And that can be intimidating for a lot of men. But what’s interesting about the study is that so many men say they like these things about a woman, but really cower from that kind of women in practice.

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