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Secrets to Understanding Men - Men Prefer Women With a Sense of Humor - Sometimes!

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 165

Women often say that they prefer men who have a good sense of humor. However, one of the secrets to understanding men is that men also prefer women that have a good sense of humor. Oftentimes, women are seen by men as being too uptight or bothered by small details. A man prefers a women who is easy-going, sociable and fun to be with - and that includes having a good sense of humor. However, it's not as simple as being able to tell a good joke. It turns out that what it means to "have a good sense of humor" differs between men and women.

Eric Bressler, a psychologist at McMaster University in Canada, discovered that men and women don't mean the same thing when they say that they value a sense of humor in the opposite sex. In the results of a study published in the March 2006 issue of Evolution and Human Behavior, Bressler found that a distinction was made between the "production" of humor as opposed to the "receptivity" of humor. Whereas women preferred men who could produce humor, men had a preference for women who could appreciate their humor, but not necessarily generate it.

This difference in humor has an evolutionary basis. Women tend to use humor to bond with others. On the other hand, men tend to use humor to compete with other men. They will taunt other men with humorous insults and play practical jokes in an effort to jockey for position with other males.

It is likely that female laughter evolved as a signal of sexual interest in the male. In fact, a German study found that when a man and woman engaged in a conversation, the amount the woman laughed while talking with the man indicated how much she desired to date him. It also predicted how much the man desired to date the woman. However, it also turned out that the amount that the man laughed was not a predictor of his interest in the woman.

So, while a woman may seek a man who can crack a good joke, the man is looking for a woman who can appreciate the joke - yin and yang. But a man can feel threatened by a funny woman who displays a male sense of humor. So go ahead and laugh at his jokes to let him know you're interested, just don't try being the next Joan Rivers.

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