Why Are Women More Attracted to Psychopathic Men?

Men who display psychopathic traits were found to be more desirable to women, according to a recent study by a pair of researchers in Canada.

The study, published last month in Evolutionary Psychological Science, found that men with these traits tend to create favorable impressions on women — even after controlling for physical attractiveness.

Psychopaths have appeared in many popular films, television series and even true-crime podcasts, including the Netflix docuseries “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and Christian Bale in the film “American Psycho.”

Both psychopaths and sociopaths fall under the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, according to Psychology Today.

Individuals with psychopathic behavior tend to be well-liked, don’t experience remorse, have an inflated sense of importance and often lie, cheat and steal to get ahead, writes Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, in Psychology Today.

In the study, researchers Kristopher Brazil of Brock University and Adelle Forth of Carleton University suggest that psychopathy may be a tactic for attracting sexual partners — but is a short-term strategy that comes with serious trade-offs.

“Psychopathic men have a personality style that makes them appear attractive to women in dating encounters. This may be because they are extra confident or feel at ease or know exactly what to say to get the attention of women,” Brazil told PsyPost.

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SOURCE: FOX 5 New York, Kelly Taylor Hayes