Attachment style predicts men’s misperception of women’s sexual interest
A man walks into a bar. He thinks the attractive woman smiling at him from across the room wants to have sex with him. True? Or is it all in his head?
Research has shown that in general, men have a tendency to misjudge a woman’s sexual intent, often based on individual or situational factors such as alcohol intoxication.
But a new study goes further, suggesting that a man’s attachment style – a personality trait reflecting his romantic relationship tendencies – may actually influence his perceptions of whether a woman is interested in him sexually.
Researchers asked nearly 500 men to imagine a scenario in which an attractive woman at a nightclub catches their eye. The woman notices she is being stared at and smiles back.
Participants were asked to gauge the level of interest they believed the woman in the scenario was showing, ranging from “not at all interested” to “extremely interested.”