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Teddy Campbell is not alone: New study shows some men are intimidated by women who are smarter than them

Credit: InstagramArticle By Ann Dyer // EEW MAGAZINE REPORT

Most men would never do what Teddy Campbell, husband of gospel singer Tina Campbell did, and admit that they are intimidated by their woman’s intellect.

Yet, a new study reveals some men (not all) have a bit of trouble being romantically involved with an intelligent lady.

According to a report to be published in the November journal, “Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,” men’s attraction to women with superior mental capability was strongest from a distance and weaker when up close and personal.

During a “Boris and Nicole Show” appearance with his wife Tina back in July, WE tv reality star and drummer Teddy confessed to Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, “I was insecure.”

Following numerous affairs, he explained, “I was afraid of her intellect. I was afraid of her words. I was afraid of her power. It all just made me feel less than a man.”

Watch Teddy express his feelings in the video below at about the 11:30 mark.

The two have since worked through those challenges.

But researchers from the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and University of Texas at Austin are showing that Teddy’s sentiments aren’t strange.

The study was based on 105 male participants who answered questions about what they find attractive in women.

Each man was asked to envision hypothetical scenarios about a woman who, among other traits, had either done better or worse than him in a math or English course. He was then questioned about the desirability of their imaginary romantic partner based on that criteria.

The conclusion was, the smarty pants type was desirable from afar, but not viewed as dating material.

“Feelings of diminished masculinity accounted for men’s decreased attraction toward women who outperformed them in the live interaction context,” the researchers wrote.

The findings obviously do not apply to all men.

Were that the case First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama, both Ivy League educated, would not have gotten together.

"Women are smarter than men," said Mrs. Obama  at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington last year, drawing big laughs and applause from the audience.

Mr. Obama has often admitted that his wife is both smarter and prettier than he is.

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Researchers say that more research needs to be done in order to confirm this study’s findings on the subject matter, which did not involve any man in an active relationship with a woman more intelligent than he was.

Teddy’s response to Tina, however, does show one real-world example that proves, even in the context of a romantic relationship, an intelligent woman can bring out deeply rooted issues in a less secure men.

Psychology professor Lora Park, one of the co-authors of the study, advises men threatened by a woman’s intelligence to “focus on other areas of your self-concept that may be important to you.”

She also said, “Take steps to boost your self-worth by focusing on your own values, strengths and contributions to others.”

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