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Not For Self-interest  - Research, Sex
Not For Self-interest - Research, Sex

There is a hypothesis in evolutionary psychology that altruists are more attractive to the opposite sex. After all, altruism is directly related to generosity, cooperation and, as a result, survival.

Modern Canadian scientists decided to confirm the hypothesis and find out whether altruists really do better with sex than egoists.

Stephen Ernoki and colleagues from the Department of Psychology at Nipissing University in Ontario conducted two experiments. The first (among 192 unmarried women and 105 single men) showed that those who consider themselves altruistic are more successful in communicating with the opposite sex and feel especially attractive. Moreover, men (not women, note) really have more sexual partners (including casual ones). However, the results of this study did not seem convincing enough to psychologists, since they were based on a simple questioning of participants. And the team of scientists decided to conduct a second - more thorough - experiment (on 335 young people).

The researchers tested altruism in practice: inviting participants to donate their fees for participation in a charitable foundation. In order to exclude incorrect self-esteem, everyone was tested for narcissism using the appropriate questionnaires and scales. It was only then that the sex life of the remaining sample was assessed. The findings confirmed the results of the previous study. Altruistic men are more fortunate in sex than egoists. And altruistic girls enjoy great attention of gentlemen.

Meanwhile, psychologists warn that there may be an inverse correlation: the more sex and attention a person has from the opposite sex, the more he wants to give good to others. Therefore, scientists have yet to find out “which came before - the chicken or the egg,” by conducting a longer study.

I know of no other sign of superiority than kindness

Ludwig van Beethoven

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