A study shows women can tell when women are flirting (as opposed to merely being friendly), but men can’t. From the perspective of evolutionary psychology, this raises the obvious question, WTF?
How did we get to a point where female signals intended for males are missed by the males but picked up by the females? Is female flirting some sort of territory-marking behavior, intended to signal other women rather thanthe man? Or has modern life just gotten everyone so conflexed and perpused that signals are getting crossed?
On a somewhat related note: Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature focuses hugely on sex –especially polygyny — and not so much on other aspects of what evolutionary psychology tells us (accurately or not) about human nature. Some of it veers dangerously close to the kind of stuff that gives Ev Psych a bad name, but it’s still worth taking a look.
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