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Why Women Love Bad Boys And Dump Nice Guys

Why Women Love Bad Boys And Dump Nice Guys

Bad Boys have THE reputation: hot, good looking, scruffy… but also cocky, arrogant, inconsiderate, inattentive, and almost unfeeling… and women flock to them. Bad Boys are the reasons that shows like True Blood and books/movies like Twilight have been so popular. With all the negatives about Bad Boys, what are the real motivators for women to have a one-time or recurring want/desire for a Bad Boy in their life? Are they just trying to attain the unattainable? Is it the challenge of making him fall in love—to “capture” him? And, where does this leave the Nice Guy? I asked these questions to over 500 women, a number of other relationship experts, and as many self-proclaimed Bad Boys that would participate. The results were eye-opening.
 
First, a clarification. There were a few respondents that wrote in about their Bad Boys… through their writing, it became clear that their version of a “Bad Boy” was actually a criminal. While I’m sure there are similarities, for the purposes of this discussion I was most interested in the Bad Boy that started smooth, cool, mysterious, and loving… but ended up emotionally unavailable, unattainable… even stretching into emotionally abusive. The stories discussing criminal behavior have not been included.
 
The most interesting thing I encountered was the difference between what the experts say, and the experience of women who dated the Bad Boys. From accredited psychiatrists, the source of these issues was clear: comes back to the woman’s father.
 
From Carole Lieberman, M.D, clinical psychiatrist and author of Bad Boys: How We Love Them, How to Live with Them, When to Leave Them:

 
“The main reason women are attracted to bad boys is because of the relationship they had with their fathers, when they were little girls, that made them feel unlovable, not good enough to attract a prince. So they end up kissing a lot of frogs. Other issues play a part, but the main fundamental, underlying, most important issue is their relationship with their dads.”

 
And it was those “other issues” that the women I connected with really honed in on. Yes, there were a few women who attributed their Bad Boy addiction to their upbringing and/or challenges with their fathers specifically… and to Dr. Lieberman’s point, with extended therapy others may follow suit. However, the majority of women who responded to my survey stated some very specific reasons why they were attracted to Bad Boys:

 
1) Great sex. 

This topped the list, but I would argue that the other reasons mentioned (below) contribute to the quality of sex with a Bad Boy. There were many mentions of a certain “look” of the Bad Boy. The notion of a “look” coincides with a study by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in 2007. To wit:Women were asked to judge potential mates by how masculine their features are, new research shows. Men with square jaws and well-defined brow ridges are seen as good short-term partners, while those with more feminine traits such as a rounder face and fuller lips are perceived as better long-term mates. In the study, 854 male and female subjects viewed a series of male head shots that had been digitally altered to exaggerate or minimize masculine traits. The participants then answered questions about how they expected the men in the photos to behave.

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Written by Charles J. Orlando

Expert, author, screenwriter, and co-host of FYI's Seven Year Switch.Charles J. Orlando is a relationship expert and bestselling author of The Problem with Women... is Men? book series and The Pact: Goodbye, Past. Hello, Love!, and the upcoming graphic novella Don't Date A Dick, and he serves as expert host of the hit show Seven Year Switch on FYI (currently in its second season). Referred to as "The Malcolm Gladwell of Relationships" by the media, and "Carrie Bradshaw-meets-Hitch" by his readers, Charles has built a 1,400,000+ person fanbase on Facebook?completely by word-of-mouth?where he offers free, street-smart love advice to men and women around the world.

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