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Clingy Women, Gregarious Men Make the Most Babies

By Madeline Holler |

The conclusion of a new fertility study out of the U.K. reads more like a quirky summer chick-lit novel than actual science, but here we go:

The most fertile couples — the ones who are likely to have the most kids — are made up of an extroverted man and a neurotic woman. (Bridget Jones Diaries Part III?) Why? Why this particular coupling? (And why does it make me roll my eyes?)

Lead author Virpi Lummaa of Sheffield University said extroversion in men is linked to higher wages both in Senegal, whose polygamous families were the focus of the study, and the U.S. Higher wages equals more sex.

As for neurotic women? Well, they’re clingy. They’re willing to have more sex with their husbands, the researchers said.

Skeptics wonder whether its the actual kids that are making the clingy women neurotic, not the other way around.

Personally, I think it’s studies like this that make a person’s brain full of crazy.

Armchair psychologist wants to know: are you neurotic? Do you have lots of kids?

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About Madeline Holler


Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Clingy Women, Gregarious Men Make the Most Babies

  1. Ri-chan says:

    yes and no :)

  2. [...] Clingy Women, Gregarious Men Make the Most Babies [...]

  3. jenny says:

    are you kidding? this study is so biased. who is defining a neurotic woman?

  4. [...] New study says clingy woman and gregarious men make the most babies. [...]

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