How to Date Someone Out of Your League

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When we think of our ideal partner, the list often includes being highly attractive, intelligent, possessing a great personality, and solid values. Essentially, we’re seeking perfection. This desire drives us to aim high, sometimes even out of our league, aspiring for a partner akin to a celebrity or supermodel. But is dating out of our league a realistic goal?

What is a ‘League’?
The concept of ‘leagues’ in dating is rooted in ‘Mate Value,’ a term from evolutionary psychology that describes a person’s overall attractiveness or desirability as a romantic or sexual partner. This isn’t just about physical appearance; it encompasses fertility, personality, social status, interpersonal skills, and compatibility. It’s rare for someone to score high in every category, leading to inevitable trade-offs.

Does Dating Out of Your League Happen?
Contrary to popular belief, dating out of one’s league is rare. Research supports the ‘Matching Hypothesis,’ which suggests people tend to pair up with partners of similar social mate value. For instance, someone rated a ‘7’ out of 10 in mate value will likely end up with another ‘7.’ Such matches tend to have longer, more fulfilling relationships.

What You Want Vs. What You Get
Studies show that while people may aspire to date more attractive individuals, they often choose partners closer to their own mate value. This mismatch between desire and action can lead to frustration and unrealistic expectations.

Strategies for Navigating the Dating World

#1. Be Realistic:
Acknowledging your own mate value honestly is crucial. This self-awareness helps make realistic choices and avoid the pitfalls of mismatched relationships.

#2. Diversify Your Dating Targets:
It’s okay to aim high, but also focus on those within your league. Think of it as a portfolio approach: date mostly within your league, with a small percentage aimed slightly higher or lower.

#3. Focus on Personal Growth
Instead of solely seeking physical attributes, look for partners who possess qualities you aspire to develop. This approach encourages personal growth and leads to more meaningful connections.

While the allure of dating out of your league is strong, the reality suggests a different approach. Focusing on personal improvement, realistic aspirations, and seeking partners who offer growth opportunities in non-physical traits may lead to more satisfying and enduring relationships.

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29 days ago

I guess for a relationship to work out is not just to rely on something that will tickle your stomach and heart, but a one must be realistic and self aware of herself, so fair enough that a potential match could fairly reciprocate, that even the future is uncertain, both has the same potential positively work out the possibilities. Honesty is integral part of partnership, and knowing what you want in the future is a treasure.

Viola M. Gunther
27 days ago

It seems that for a relationship to flourish, it need more than just heartwarming and stomach-tickling. Nevertheless, your piece was really enjoyable to read and quite instructive. Please come play with me at poly track if you have any free time. I’m grateful.

Susan Gentile
27 days ago

I thought it would’ve been better if the topic was discussed in terms of compatibility rather than numbers to further your point. You touched upon it with the example of the overweight man who wanted a fit woman. A fit woman is unlikely to date a very unfit male. This goes for social status, education, etcetera. Sometimes if a person is exceptional in one area, an area that a potential partner values, then a mismatch on one variable can be made up with a higher score on another variable.

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