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Because these relationships are more prevalent when they involve older men and younger women, the authors didn’t perform an analogous study of “mommy figures." If it’s true that younger women in AGRs are seeking father figures, then it would be expected that they would have maladaptive relationships with their fathers which play out in adulthood by their choice of a mate. Mary's researchers used to test this proposition is attachment theory.

According to the attachment theory perspective, people’s adult relationships reflect the way they were treated by their caregivers.

That older man (or woman) may just be someone who is a good fit to his partner, and, like other couples who defy stereotypes, their psychological bonding can transcend the demographics.

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Ever think maybe it's the kind of guy YOU go after that is the problem?

Dating outside of ones age group usually means you found your partner outside of your normal social circle.

These girls are the type commonly complaining about how all guys are jerks or players etc.

This argument contrasts with the sociocultural perspective, which proposes that negative attitudes involved in ageism and sexism cause older women to be seen as less physically attractive to potential mates.

The sociocultural perspective for understanding the pairing of older men and younger women explains not just that younger women seem physically more attractive to aging males, but that the older man represents socially valued attributes that lead his younger partner to to bond with him.

With age, men may acquire greater power or possess more property, financial and otherwise.

The older men with the most appeal to younger women would be those with financial prosperity who are willing to heap some of those financial rewards onto their partner.

Similar stories are triggered by the (much less-common) pairing of a younger man with an older woman, as with 39-year-old French president Emmanuel Macron, and his wife, Brigitte, 64.

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