How do all these partner differences translate to personal satisfaction?
The findings for women were surprising in light of the partner preference data.
If the treatments don’t pay off in terms of intended benefits, there’s even less reason for parents even to think about going through with such radical interventions. Stulp and his colleagues sought to understand not only who prefers whom in terms of height, but also how people feel about their own height.
The participants in this study were 650 first-year heterosexual psychology students who received course credit for completing the survey.
The results on partner preferences are a bit discouraging if you’re a short man.
In general, women were more likely than men to think that the man should be taller and they didn’t want to be in a relationship in which they were taller than their male partners.
Tall women were more satisfied with their height than short women were.
Their greater leadership potential may have something to do with the fact that tall men have higher self-esteem (whether or not deserved), are happier, and less likely to feel jealous toward other men.However, no one seemed totally happy with their partner’s actual height.Men were most satisfied with women shorter than their male partners (about 8 in.).We tend to think that we’re stuck with the height our genes and environments jointly determine.However, some parents seek to take matters into their own hands by giving their too-short or too-tall children hormonal treatments during the years of active growth.The tall man=power equation may simply be part of the male-female power differential.