Cavemen and dating

And a spring debate between warring academic papers has cast doubt on numerous studies suggesting women choose partners differently based on their menstrual cycle.

Too often, when it comes to gender behaviour, what sounds like hard science falls much closer to slapdash speculation.

He has a sense of humor and can have a group of people hanging on his every word – he’s a good story teller.

He’s had adventures that everyone wants to hear about. You can’t make fun of the alpha male because he’ll join in, no one can make fun of him better than he can. No matter what he accomplishes, his head will never balloon, and if it does, he has the ware-with-all to come back down to earth before it gets out of hand. He can converse intelligently with the business man and the preacher.

Lately, though, the caveman theory has been getting clubbed.It doesn’t matter what you call him, he’s a leader, the guy others look to for motivation, inspiration, and often with a hint of jealousy. He’s the man women want, without inention the center of attention. Here’s 25 characteristics that make a man the alpha. A recent Polish study, for instance, took a swipe at the widely published idea that men have evolved to prefer a waist-to-hip ratio à la Marilyn Monroe, by showing that while this held true, on average, there was significant variety among individual men.An upcoming paper in the American Sociological Review also challenges the long-held stereotype of the “trophy wife” and “sugar-daddy husband,” finding that both good-looking and successful people tended to choose those same qualities in a life partner.Prehistoric ancestors make for such convenient scapegoats.Those hunter-gatherers may have died between 1.8-million and 10,000 years ago, but according to a field of study called evolutionary psychology, they have a hand in all manner of modern human behaviour.Many self-help gurus thrive on the idea that men and women are inherently different, and that men are "wired" to pursue unavailable women, forget your birthday, cheat on you, and recoil in the face of emotions.Commitment-phobia, we are told, courses through the veins of all red-blooded men so that the worst you could do would be to crowd them with your emotional needs. Undoubtedly, there are some men who fit the self-help mold. He’s strong and athletic as well as aesthetically pleasing to the opposite sex. He doesn’t lack fear, rather, he accepts that it exists and faces it at every opportunity.

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