People who are extraverted have more ‘mating success’, new research finds.
The more extraverted men and women are, the more often they ‘get lucky’ with the opposite sex.
For men, those with certain combinations fare even better.
Men who are both extraverted and agreeable or extraverted and conscientious are especially fortunate.
Introverted men should not despair — they still do well if they are high on both agreeableness and conscientiousness.
Both extraverted men and women have more offspring, the study found.
Dr Stephen Whyte, the study’s first author, said:
“Throughout history, competitive advantages have helped men and women achieve increased success in their occupation, sport, artistic endeavours, their ability to acquire and secure resources, and ultimately, their survival.”
The conclusions come from a study of almost 4,500 heterosexual people.
They were given personality tests and asked about their private lives and any children they had.
Dr Whyte explained:
“The results showed certain trait combinations appear to result in higher mating frequency and more offspring for select males.
The combinations producing higher frequency for select males being high extraversion and high agreeableness, high extraversion and high conscientiousness, and high agreeableness with high conscientiousness.”
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
The study was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences (Whyte et al., 2019).