Women with Low Self-Esteem Invest More in Their Relationships

C. Price

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How much do women with low self-esteem invest in their relationships compared to women with high self-esteem?

According to a new study, the lower a woman’s self-esteem, the harder she will work to keep her man.

Conducted by the University of Huddersfield in the U.K., the study found when a woman felt she was less desirable than her partner, she reported greater personal investment in maintaining her relationship.

By contrast, when a woman felt she was more attractive than her partner, she invested less in improving her relationship.



“When a woman felt less desirable, she reported

greater investment in her relationship.”

The study consisted of 192 women who were between the ages of 18 and 60. The participants rated their own desirability, their partner’s desirability and how much they worked on improving their relationship.

Dr. Chris Bale said if a woman thinks her partner is very desirable to other people, this may affect how much time and energy she puts into the relationship. He added further research would need to be conducted to see if similar patterns emerge among men.

“These results represent women who feel that they have fewer desirable qualities than their partners attempting to make up for this imbalance by investing more time, effort and economic resources in their relationships.”

Source: The University of Huddersfield via Photo source:

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