Monday, January 03, 2005

Brainy Women & Marriage

News item reports that British study says a high I.Q. reduces women's marriage prospects.


Blogger Mike Gorman said...

A no doubt related point is seen in Grady Towers' well-known "Outsiders" discussion of general adjustment problems among the gifted, which includes data from Louis M. Terman's early twentieth century study of subjects selected for IQ over 140. A more pronounced maladjustment was found especially among women who achieve high verbal intelligence scores.

"The data show three things. First, that there is a definite trend for the maladjusted to make higher scores on the Concept Mastery test. Second, that women show symptoms of maladjustment at lower scores than men. And third, that 21 percent of the men and 18 percent of the women showed at least some form of maladjustment."

And furthermore:

"Again, women show symptoms of maladjustment at lower scores than men. But the most alarming thing of all is that the percentage of maladjustment shown for both sexes rose in the 12 years since the previous examination. The percentage of men showing maladjustment having risen from 21 percent to 29 percent, and the figure for women having risen from 18 percent to 33 percent! Nearly double what it was before!"

Little wonder, in the context of evolutionary and social patterns and expectations of dominance and submission, so intractably unsuitable and unfortunate for (especially) high IQ modern women.

January 3, 2005 at 11:37 AM  

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