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He talked a good game -- but his flirty texts were non-committal and confusing. Our conversations were easy, and I felt he was interested in anything and everything I had to say (even if I was waxing poetic on When it comes down to it, a man who is less attractive than his partner knows he can't offer you a lot in genetics; instead, he amps up the emotional support, reliability, and kindness, which is what women really want anyway.
From my experience, someone's inner beauty is his or her essence. It's their warmth, their generosity, and -- most importantly -- how they make you feel when you're around them. And suddenly there it was: I was helplessly attracted to him.
Not too long ago, I was on a date with an actor who knew he was hot AF. It was a far cry from when I dated a less attractive dude, who was always so excited to see me.
Things were going well, but I couldn't help but notice each time a woman walked by our table, his eyes would conveniently stray from our conversation. Our dates -- always planned in advance, and never involving late-night booty calls -- were consistently fun and romantic.
We had an expert weigh in on what it means to date up (you think your guy is hotter) and date down (you think you're hotter than your guy) and how it can affect your outlook on love. "It makes us feel more secure and less afraid of losing someone we love," says relationship expert Harlan Cohen, author of Naked Dating. The Pro: If your man's a total babe, pat yourself on the back.
Dating Up Maybe your guy is a dead-ringer for Ryan Gosling and you feel more like Ellen Page next to him. And while you're swooning over how hot he is, remember, you landed him, buff bod and all.
"Dating better looking people can actually be a plus," says Cohen.
"It helps you work harder to keep yourself looking your best.
Sometimes dating an unattractive person will make you realize that having a partner who physically turns your crank is vitally important to you.
They cheated because they could, and they knew they could.
A less attractive guy won't mess around on you because he's just not built that way. Men with more testosterone are consistently rated more handsome than other men, and men with more testosterone are 38% more likely to cheat.
Or it might make you realize that certain aspects are essential, like, say, a sense of humor.
As with all dating experiences, take what works for you, learn from it, and apply those lessons moving forward.
Looks fade, but the essence of who a person is stays intact.