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Big two personality and big three mate preferences: similarity attracts, but country-level mate preferences crucially matter.

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Gebauer, JE; Leary, MR; Neberich, W
Published in: Personality & social psychology bulletin
December 2012

People differ regarding their "Big Three" mate preferences of attractiveness, status, and interpersonal warmth. We explain these differences by linking them to the "Big Two" personality dimensions of agency/competence and communion/warmth. The similarity-attracts hypothesis predicts that people high in agency prefer attractiveness and status in mates, whereas those high in communion prefer warmth. However, these effects may be moderated by agentics' tendency to contrast from ambient culture, and communals' tendency to assimilate to ambient culture. Attending to such agentic-cultural-contrast and communal-cultural-assimilation crucially qualifies the similarity-attracts hypothesis. Data from 187,957 online-daters across 11 countries supported this model for each of the Big Three. For example, agentics-more so than communals-preferred attractiveness, but this similarity-attracts effect virtually vanished in attractiveness-valuing countries. This research may reconcile inconsistencies in the literature while utilizing nonhypothetical and consequential mate preference reports that, for the first time, were directly linked to mate choice.

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Personality & social psychology bulletin

DOI

EISSN

1552-7433

ISSN

0146-1672

Publication Date

December 2012

Volume

38

Issue

12

Start / End Page

1579 / 1593

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Students
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Class
  • Sexual Partners
  • Sex Distribution
  • Personality
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Multilevel Analysis
 

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Gebauer, J. E., Leary, M. R., & Neberich, W. (2012). Big two personality and big three mate preferences: similarity attracts, but country-level mate preferences crucially matter. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(12), 1579–1593. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167212456300
Gebauer, Jochen E., Mark R. Leary, and Wiebke Neberich. “Big two personality and big three mate preferences: similarity attracts, but country-level mate preferences crucially matter.Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin 38, no. 12 (December 2012): 1579–93. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167212456300.
Gebauer JE, Leary MR, Neberich W. Big two personality and big three mate preferences: similarity attracts, but country-level mate preferences crucially matter. Personality & social psychology bulletin. 2012 Dec;38(12):1579–93.
Gebauer, Jochen E., et al. “Big two personality and big three mate preferences: similarity attracts, but country-level mate preferences crucially matter.Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 38, no. 12, Dec. 2012, pp. 1579–93. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0146167212456300.
Gebauer JE, Leary MR, Neberich W. Big two personality and big three mate preferences: similarity attracts, but country-level mate preferences crucially matter. Personality & social psychology bulletin. 2012 Dec;38(12):1579–1593.
Journal cover image

Published In

Personality & social psychology bulletin

DOI

EISSN

1552-7433

ISSN

0146-1672

Publication Date

December 2012

Volume

38

Issue

12

Start / End Page

1579 / 1593

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Students
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Class
  • Sexual Partners
  • Sex Distribution
  • Personality
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Multilevel Analysis