The thrill of loving a dominant partner: Relationships between preference for a dominant mate, sensation seeking, and trait anxiety

The thrill of loving a dominant partner: Relationships between preference for a dominant mate,... This study investigates whether particular personality traits predict the desire to choose a dominant partner. Specifically examined are the traits of sensation seeking and trait anxiety as predictors of the preference for a dominant female/male partner. Sixty‐eight men and 104 women (N = 172) participated in an online survey. Individuals who avoid boredom and seek out exciting social activities have a stronger desire for a dominant partner. For female participants, we detected experience seeking and trait anxiety as additional factors associated with the preference for a dominant partner. Women higher in trait anxiety and lower in experience seeking have a higher preference for a dominant man. Gender differences are interpreted with regard to sexual selection theory and individual differences with respect to the theory of assortative mating. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Personal Relationships Wiley

The thrill of loving a dominant partner: Relationships between preference for a dominant mate, sensation seeking, and trait anxiety

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2015 IARR
ISSN
1350-4126
eISSN
1475-6811
DOI
10.1111/pere.12079
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Abstract

This study investigates whether particular personality traits predict the desire to choose a dominant partner. Specifically examined are the traits of sensation seeking and trait anxiety as predictors of the preference for a dominant female/male partner. Sixty‐eight men and 104 women (N = 172) participated in an online survey. Individuals who avoid boredom and seek out exciting social activities have a stronger desire for a dominant partner. For female participants, we detected experience seeking and trait anxiety as additional factors associated with the preference for a dominant partner. Women higher in trait anxiety and lower in experience seeking have a higher preference for a dominant man. Gender differences are interpreted with regard to sexual selection theory and individual differences with respect to the theory of assortative mating.

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Personal RelationshipsWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2015

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