Are you a successful woman? Well, your man is probably somewhere in the house crying about that.
This "tough economy" has left more men than women unemployed and bros aren't taking it so well. In a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, women felt better about their relationship when their significant other was out there killing it. On the other hand, when their wives and girlfriends are slaying it, men "subconsciously felt worse about themselves when they thought about a time when their female partner thrived in a situation in which they had failed."
So maybe all those plot lines about women having to make themselves small enough to find love with a small-minded man is actually based in fact? I'm talking to you Think Like a Man.
“But this research found evidence that men automatically interpret a partner’s success as their own failure, even when they’re not in direct competition.”
Yes, yes it does. But don't let that stop you! For every sulky, insecure Berger from Sex and the City, there's got to be a hot Julian from Something's Gotta Give just waiting to say, "How wonderful is it that I'm not threatened by your success?" He's out there ladies, and hopefully you can meet him between emails and that morning conference call.
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