Partners of alzheimers dating
Research has shown that we prefer altruistic partners, all else being equal; especially for long-term mating (the evidence for altruism being preferred in short-term mates is mixed).
Not surprisingly, then, the pull to demonstrate one’s altruism can be strong.
Spouses of husbands and wives with dementia pay an emotional toll as they care for their ailing spouse.
There is some evidence that personality traits associated with being a “jerk” such as low agreeableness and contentiousness, high extroversion and openness to experience, alongside narcissism, Machiavellianism (being manipulative), and psychopathy (callousness, lying, thrill-seeking) may indeed be linked to increased sexual behavior, particularly with respect to short-term mating.At one time or another, we’ve all heard bits of romantic advice like “nice guys finish last” or “treat em’ mean, keep em’ keen,” which suggest that being too “nice” will leave you disadvantaged in the world of mating.These old tropes continue to be played out in mainstream dating culture – remember the recent popularity of ‘negging’?One limitation of this first study was the possibility that people might have reported their altruism or their sexual histories in an unrealistically-positive light.For instance, some research has shown men to over-report, and women to under-report their lifetime number of sex partners.
From this research, it seems clear that people tend to report preferring altruistic partners.