Saturday, March 15, 2008

Power of Jealousy Depends on How Tall You Are?


Kate finds truth in this. I have my reservations. Nevertheless, it's an interesting read.

"Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and University of Valencia in Spain asked 549 Dutch and Spanish men and women to rate how jealous they felt, and to list the qualities in a romantic competitor that were most likely to make them ill at ease.

Men generally felt most nervous about attractive, rich and strong rivals.

But these feelings were increasingly relaxed the taller they were themselves. The more vertically challenged the man, the greater his feelings of jealousy.

For women, what counted most in jealousy was the rival's looks and charm, but these feelings were less intense if the woman herself was of average height.

This makes sense in evolutionary terms, says New Scientist, in next Saturday's issue."
Read full post here.
graph per AFP

4 comments:

Rebecca said...

Maybe it's because Kate's 5.9. Try being 5.3...

Eric said...

The 'Napoleon complex' was and is relevant.

Mary said...

Stature is never irrelevant to vertically challenged people or Bea Arthur, for that matter....

Paul said...

i take exception to this:"Taller men are most successful with women, and women of medium height enjoy the best health, fertility and popularity with men."

in some cultures people encourage a match of height between women and men. incongruity is discouraged, however it occurs.