Without any preceding scientific evidence to back up this next exaggerated statement: Testosterone is the single most important factor in a man’s success with women and in life. I have touched on this topic far too infrequently. The lack of discussion is due to the lack of things to say about it past “get your testosterone level up.” But I’ll say it over and over again every few months or so to remind those of you still guzzling down tanks of beer and knitting for exercise. A few articles I ran into via forums / links from readers contain a good amount of supporting evidence:
An article about the science of kissing explores the possibility that swapping saliva may actually serve the same function as a shit test; to appraise a man’s value. But rather than quantifying his smoothness, it may be a way to indicate his T-levels or the presence of other hormones. Chemical profiling if you may, rather than the traditional personality profiling presented in shit tests.
Saliva is like a chemical cocktail, and hooking up may have evolved to help us quickly tell if someone is a good mate or not, Fisher said.
After all, haven’t we all been attracted to someone and then the first kiss just killed it? It might be because he didn’t have the right stuff in his spit. Lots of hormones are present in differing quantities in our saliva, and they may serve several romantic purposes.
“There’s evidence that saliva has testosterone in it, and there’s also evidence that men like sloppier kisses with more open mouth,” Fisher said. “That suggests to me that they are unconsciously trying to transfer testosterone to trigger the sex drive in women.”
It is a basic tenant of evolutionary psychology that the things we find attractive in potential mates are not a random assortment of qualities determined by a cosmic pair-bonding force; but a potent mix of traits that indicate things like fertility and good health. This article and its accompanying studies suggest that high testosterone levels may increase both an organisms chances for survival and reproduction by improving immune system functioning and triggering external changes that cue that development to women.
Women are subconsciously attracted to men with a high immune system, a new study suggests.
A paper published in Nature Communications today has found a relationship between testosterone, stress hormones, male facial attractiveness and a healthy immune system.
“The more antibodies a man produces in response to a vaccine, the more attractive his face,” said Fhionna Moore, co-author of the study and a psychologist at the University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland.
“We also found that men’s testosterone was related to their immune system and their facial attractiveness: the higher the testosterone, the stronger the immune system and the more attractive the face. Interestingly, this was qualified by levels of stress hormones: the relationships with testosterone were strongest in males experiencing low levels of stress.”
Physically fit men have increased levels of testosterone, or is that men with increased levels of testosterone are also more physically fit? We’ll come back to the dynamic relationship between testosterone and other components later. The important thing to note about the next article is that it hints towards the fact that body attractiveness is a better predictor for female attention than facial attractiveness. A rather obvious statement if you ask me. When it comes down to it, I could see a guy like Justin Bieber easily killed by a wild chimpanzee or an angry leprechaun. Whereas a man like Money Mayweather (who saw that recent fight?) could fight off all sorts of not very dangerous things.
Other hypotheses around sexual selection focus on fighting ability between individuals and its technical corrolary resource-holding potential (RHP). Without putting to fine a point on it, being big and strong has advantages in multiple domains. And guess what influences strength? Yes my astute lovelies… testosterone. It keeps coming back to the testosterone.
“Overall, body attractiveness was a better predictor of self-reported mating success than facial attractiveness. In line with our main hypothesis, we found a positive relationship between a composite measure of men’s physical fitness (PF) and men’s body attractiveness. This was obtained not only for aggregated attractiveness ratings but also for all 27 female raters individually. This finding is remarkable because individual attractiveness judgments reflect a strong idiosyncratic component, at least for faces. Attractiveness judgments were made fast and effortless. The strength of the attractiveness-fitness relation- ship obtained here suggests that signalling physical fitness may be one of the key functions of male attractiveness.” (Honekopp et al. 2006
Another interesting fact I ran across was that whilst single men have much higher levels of testosterone than married/committed men; adulterous men in committed relationships had levels of testosterone equal to single men. It begs the question of why men cheat and the cause/effect relationship between behavior and testosterone. My guess is, the two feed into each other in cycles. A man with high t-levels, and thus a higher sex drive, may find it more difficult to cope with one vagina. In turn, he cheats, and having secks with more women, again increases T-levels. On the other hand, a man with low T-levels may find it easier to cope with one women, perhaps indirectly because his low T makes it harder for him to acquire any mates at all; thus he is more willing to settle for a monogamous relationship. In return, stable secks with only one person reduces T-levels further by stripping away a secksually competitive mental state.
Is a man with libido 5x lower than his adulterous friend truly more virtuous for not cheating? Is a beta who couldn’t attract any other girl really more morally righteous than a married celebrity who had super models throw themselves at his feet and couldn’t keep it in his pants?
There’s been debate about what the most effective ways to increase testosterone. My theory being, return man to his primitive state. Sex – diet – activity. Primitive man had secks with real women, he did not fap to porn. Primitive man ate a healthy diet, he did not have candy and soda. Primitive man would ptear a pterodactyl a new asshole and fight in Coliseums, he did not play video games. As for anabolic steroids and other extreme measures, I wouldn’t go there just because the results seem equivocal. I have friends who claim to have gone through an entire cycle with no detrimental affects. They say the secret is simply to not abuse them. On the other hand, I know 1 or 2 people who claim to have suffered from weird side effects (one said he was lactating) after a single cycle. If anyone wishes to share their wisdom on the matter, drop a comment.