Do guys like girls who have a higher intelligence than them?


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  • I haven't met any, recently, but I would love to!! My mind is turning to mush, at the mundane job I do, and I have no intellectual stimulation, and I usually prefer that, from women, as they are more open, and adventurous with their intellectual challenges!

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  • Depends how they utilize it, I suppose. I used to be a member of Mensa but I was on the bottom end, just at the entry level in terms of IQ. So almost everyone there had a higher IQ than me.

    I didn't really get along so well there with many members though, as I liked too many low brow things, interrupting a guy trying to talk to me about the plausibility of Singularity by talking about a girl's butt while getting pretty drunk. :-D

    The one exception was a girl I met there who was a medical researcher, and I liked her since her intellect came bundled with a really cute sense of humor. She ended up going to night clubs, for example, to "research human sexual behavior" (her words). I liked her a whole lot and had such interesting conversations with her, but she didn't let her intellect get in the way of her humor. Most intellectuals I met tended to be a whole lot more serious and maybe a bit on the antisocial side, but she was a fun-loving, easy-going type who loved to socialize.

    Just depends on how well we get along.

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    • My wife's also quite the intellectual, though I'm not sure who is smarter (I would claim I'm smarter but she'd probably claim she's smarter). :-D I'm from the STEM side (computer science) and she's Arts and Humanities with a Master's in Literature. So we focused on very different areas of specialization. But it wasn't our intellectual interests that brought us together so much as having a similar idea of what's fun and having a compatible style of communication, and she's also not very serious as someone with a big sense of humor.

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  • When a girl and guy hook up and stay together awhile they tend to pick certain traits up from each other, that's what makes a good relationship.
    Some guys aren't open to a girl who is above their intelligence level, some guys believe they have all the answers, so I'd say no guys don't like girls with more on the ball than them.

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    • lol i'm just curious how many creepy DM's do you get with that picture on :D

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    • It's no problem really, I'll give any guy a chance to prove he's not a creep, there's no second chance it's block time. Believe me there's a lot of immature guys on GAG, I must say there's a few guys I talk with I wouldn't mind knowing them in person.

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  • About half of men are used to it... What men don't like is being disrespected, and we can be surprisingly sensitive to slights. If you're going to date guys that are not as smart as you, it's really important you don't talk down them or tease them about being less intelligent. You have to appreciate their value and worth and quality, and then you'll leave room for them to respect you back and value your intelligence.

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  • ... wisom is the most attractive thing to have.
    So yeah. I would. That way she has no excuse why can't control her emotions or assume and judge people say well other people do it. *shivers* im definitely impatient with dumb people.

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  • Yes. I hate the stereotype that men prefer the “dumb/airhead” type of women because we “want to feel like we’re the alpha in the relationship”. In reality, only insecure guys with low intelligence dislike smart women. They feel like having a smart woman would damage their ego, so they only date dumb women to make themselves feel smarter than they are.

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  • If she's standard deviations above me that would never work out. If she's slightly smarter I'm neutral about it. I prefer someone who is close to me in intelligence just so we can relate. If someone is much smarter than you that isn't good in my opinion.

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  • As in all things it's a matter of extremes. I always imagined highly intelligent people seeing me as drunk or child like. Soooo yeah I wouldn't care if she thought faster than me or whatever but if she talked to me like a beloved Labrador and I couldn't keep up in any conversation about anything with her we would have problems.

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  • It depends on the man, and on how humble the woman is with her intelligence. If she holds it over his head and disagrees with him on several points, it could be rough, but if she is willing to share the intellect she has and not force it on a guy, it could definitely be a lasting relationship.

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  • I'm not sure, not to sound arrogant, but I have way higher than average intelligence and due to statistics, I've never been with a girl who had higher intelligence than me. I find smart women attractive in general though

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    • Perhaps some of the women, you have encountered, are just unsure about showing how smart they really are! Society kind of has this HUGE stigma, that makes intelligent women 'unattractive' to many. Not sure who, but guessing 'DUMB' guys!! :) :)

  • It's a hard one to say, it doesn't bother me because we all have our strengths. But saying that, I do like to know they've tried their hardest with education even if they fell short.

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  • I’m ok with it but I’ll find myself trying to beat her because I’m very competitive so I think it might get frustrating but I’ll just start to read more about things that I’m not good at like math science and then I’ll beat her 😈😂

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  • Some girls are stuck up and are Feminists, so I wouldn't like a know it all who thinks she's superior to me. Howver I would love a girl I debate with, and a girl who is intelligent are usally freaky in bed.

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  • I personally don't but someone with a little less or on par with me would be great, since I would feel like they could challenge me intellectually.

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  • I have no problem with a girl who has a higher intelligence than me. I would love the conversations! But its her personality thats importent for me. I dont like selfish girls who are bragging or just want to win

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  • I do, mentally I want to be challenged, and I want to challenge them. Even to a lesser extent just somone who thinks things out and isn't afraid to question whats "normal".

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  • Feeling inferior to my SO isn't a thrilling experience, but if she's smarter and humble enough to treat me as her equal, then I don't mind it.

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  • You bet! They chose me,, their intelligence must be off the charts..

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  • Depends the personality. I almost always want someone who isn't an idiot. Not necessarily "smart", or "smarter than me", just not an airhead. However, if an idiot cheats on you, it's obvious.

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  • Not all. Some are turned on and some are turned off. Some intelligent girls are humble and some are not. Ultimately it depends on the individuals concerned.

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  • I tend to find it uncomfortable. It depends on how she behaves. Can't be with someone that keeps correcting me or always has to be right

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  • Does't matter to me as long as she is smart. She can be the smartest person in the world and that would just make it even better

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  • Yes it's actually a turn on knowing smarter than me is interested in me.

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  • lol I don't think either one of us should compete when we make one another complete with chemistry that's mind bottling. If we have all of this in common, what is there to question?

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  • Personally I wouldn't want to be smarter than a guy by much. I prefer either guys that are at a even playing field with me, or slightly smarter. I feel like guys think the same way most of the time.

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  • Some do, some don’t. Depends how secure he is.

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  • I find smart guys very attractive

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  • I’ve had no issues finding guys who appreciate that I can hold intellectual conversations with them and may know facts that they didn’t know. It would probably depend the most on whether or not the intellectual (girl) had humility and was not boastful about her intelligence or putting the guy down if his wits were inferior to hers.

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