If you're the "better" partner, don't your chances of keeping that person locked into a relationship seem greater? It's kind of messed up, but it most definitely happens.
"Some women feel more secure with a man who is not 'too attractive' because men who are found to be attractive to everyone are often hit on constantly," says Dr. Jennifer Freed, a family behavioral specialist. If he's not that cute, you don't have much to worry about. He isn't going anywhere.
Keeping the upper hand offers a lifejacket in the ever-tumultuous dating seas. If the person you're with leaves you, you want to be able to say, "I'm way better than them anyway." And feel fine about that.
Women are the guiltier sex when it comes to dating down
Everywhere you look you can find drop-dead gorgeous women on the arms of substantially less attractive men.
And I can't help but think, "They cannot possibly think people don't see this."
It's because people bring different things to the relationship. "[Women] are choosing their mates based more on security and protection than the externals," Dr. Freed tells us. If a man is bringing the money and stability to the relationship, doesn't it make sense that a woman would bring the beauty?