Tiered attraction theory
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The tiered attraction theory is an attempt to explain the complexities of female attraction, distilled into three tiers of mental structure: The reptilian, mammalian, and neocortical. It is original to the Love-shy.com poster Lykos.
Tiers of attraction
The reptilian hindbrain of a woman is the most primitive animal part, retained ancestrally over many generations of progenitor species. It is attracted to raw, physical power and dominance. A man who has large musculature, behaves aggressively, or wins a fight stimulates female hindbrain attraction.
The next level of female attraction is the mammilian level. A man who can lead a large number of people, and has a large number of physical skills such as an ability to hunt and provide for young or play music attracts a woman on a mammilian level. Neotenous physical appearance also increases attraction on a mammalian level.
The highest level of female attraction is that of the neocortex. Modern societies are much more powerful than any individual man, and even the most powerful men are moderately submissive to the system. A man's ability with language, and his ability to maximize resource allocation and social connections in this system increases the female's attraction to him on a neocortical level. This is where the attraction to intelligence and commonalities in higher brian function play in.
The female compromise
A woman is in conflict as to what she is attracted to precisely because of her differential urges, the outside society and its demands, and the men who are available to her. Most men cannot possess maximal attractiveness in all three tiers, as the tiers are in conflict with one another to a degree. A man who has large amounts of raw physical power and aggressiveness is usually unsuitable on a neocortical level, and in modern societies is often sequestered in environments like prisons. On the other hand, men who are highly neocortically strong tend to have less physical strength and aggressiveness, and may lack mammalian attractiveness as well.
The female must choose what compromise of traits is best for her, and often makes mistakes in this regard when young. As she ages, she will tend to pursue more stable, less rawly physically attractive men, though the attraction will always exist.