Men have been prone to take big risks to earn a woman's love since the dawn of time, according to new research published in the Journal of Risk Research .
Researchers looked at three risky behaviours: unprotected sex, gambling, and reckless driving. To win a lady's affection, men showed a natural tendency to take the necessary chances involved. Women, on the other hand, were not prompted to engage in risky behaviour in the name of romance.
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The researchers explain: Back in caveman days, men needed to take major gambles for food, shelter, and sexual partners--or they didn't survive to pass on their genes. Now, the need to take risks is programmed into male DNA. However, since today's environment is generally safer, men have turned to other ways to roll the dice.
Being bold in the name of your love life is good--if you know the right risks to take. Here are four surprising moves you should make in every phase of your relationship.
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1. Flirting? Don't Be Mr. Nice Guy
A study published last year in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that women love the charisma of a bad boy. While you don't actually have to be that guy, channel him to catch the attention of the cute girl standing by the bar. "Tease her when you first meet," suggests dating expert Lauren Frances. "If she trips, give her a nickname. Say, 'Whoa there, ballerina. Be careful.' "Then you can ask if she's okay and introduce yourself. Most guys are polite, so playing it safe won't get her to take notice. Just remember to walk the fine line between teasing and insulting. Make sure to crack a smile so she knows you're kidding, and stay away from commenting on physical qualities.
2. New Relationship? Mention Another Woman
A couple months in, you think your relationship is serious, but you're not totally sure. Check on your status by bringing up another woman--then dismissing her. Say something like, "Guess what? I turned down a Kate Upton look-alike when she hit on me at Starbucks this morning. I told her I had a more attractive girlfriend already." Research has shown women size up other ladies, especially celebrities, breeding insecurities. Make your move to be exclusive by brushing off the competition. There's a risk in the presumption she's your girlfriend before explicitly discussing it--but she'll likely love the confidence you feel in your connection.