Skip to comments.It's a gene thing: Bad boys hardwired to be bad
Posted on 12/23/2008 12:02:35 PM PST by lakeprincess
"Bad boys" have a bad boy gene. What's more, that same gene makes them more popular than the proverbial Mr. Nice Guy. Hello James Dean, so long Alan Alda
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Oh yeah... girls never stir the pot or take risks L0L
Whatcha gonna do?
How come ‘bad boys’ get to have a gene, but not homosexuals?
Here is the deal. people like people that take risks, until those risks dont pay off.
Homosexuals pulling down jeans? I guess that will not end well!
“The idea is that your genes predispose you to certain behaviors, and those behaviors elicit different kinds of social reactions from others,” said Ms. Burt.
Sounds like Ms Burt needs a good scrogging
.....no, I just can't go there.
Girls are hardwired to be ATTRACTED to the “bad boys”.
In this specific trait, nice guys finish last.
Nelson beats up Milhouse.
While Lisa looks on, torn by her loyalties and her basic impulses.
>Curiously, I’m badwired to be har.....
>.....no, I just can’t go there.
LOL - That’s good; thanks for the chuckle.
This is typically the kind of science that makes for excellent bar room discussions and nowt else. If bad behaviour (which should be specified at any rate) has a cause, that cause is an extremely complex combination of genetic dispositions and life experiences. I would rate the number of genes involved at a few dozens, and you may add to that numerous serious life events before maturity too (like: divorce of parents, (sexual) abuse, substance abuse in the family, and others).
Yes, I am a nerd. With good reason. I know of these things because of my occupation.
Example: why do bad boys lie? For instance, because they grew up with an abusive and addicted father. That’s an excellent recipe for becoming a habitual liar: in order to minimize personal damage, these kids tend to change their statements and reports time and time again to please that dad and soften his blows: they learn early on that lying brings rewards, self-preservating rewards.
In my example, the boy has not yet become an addict himself (although he may be genetically ‘doomed’ so to speak), but life events forced him to evade the truth.
Then, when growing up, he may encounter job difficulties precisely he’s not on good terms with the truth and always tells things that please people, even if these are blatant lies.
He loses his job. And then a number of binge drinking sessions is enough to convice him that alcohol may be a panacea to all his problems.
End of story. A sad and complex end.
“nice guys finish last”
In some ways, yes; but nice guys last longer.
Was it just me, or did this article utterly collapse when they decided to cite John Tesh as an expert? I’m talking instant FAIL.
That's all very well, but what about people who'd been around them long enough to know they're self-absorbed, irresponsible assh*les? Anyone who's around groups of children knows that self-confident, attention-seeking behavior results in popularity, for a while. The popularity doesn't last unless the person has good qualities otherwise.
That is true, but there are also the girls that will stick with the loser even if they are incarcerated when their risks didn’t pay off and habitually don’t pay off ie. a life of crime.
Who are those dolts?
You see people like this all over... Utter trash in my eyes.
Not me! And I don’t like “bad boys,” either. I like grown men with jobs and ambition. And uniforms.
Given that the risks (pregnancy of an unwed mother, STDs, poverty) have all been neutralized by the nanny state, “bad boys” have the same amount of appeal, and the downside is minimized. Get pregnant? You can marry Uncle Sam or have an abortion.... STDs? There are free clinics for that.... Poor? Go on welfare and let the nice guys be the sucker to pay for it...
Women hate nice guys.
You would be our very own Cliff Claven!
The funny thing is, Alan Alda is mostly famous for playing an Army surgeon who, somewhat in the TV series and even more so in the book and the movie, was a martini-drinking, skirt-chasing bad boy.
Then there are the Darwin Award winners who must have recesssive risk taking gene combos.
You settled in yet?
Yeah, but you gotta tote that barge, slaughter the enemy and bake a cherry pie L0L
Go figure... L0L
The dance of life
They have to pull down genes because there is no zipper in the back.
Bad boys make great warriors but poor soldiers. If you want to win a war you need bad boys. If you want spit and polish soldiers Bad boys will not serve well.
Yep..still shaking off the remnants of the jet lag, but I'm all settled in.
Yeah, yer clocks all messed up. You were up early.
Hey, at least I slept unitl 0530 this morning. It’s an improvement. :)
I am gonna be a mess when I have to go back to work too L0L
The most popular boy in my school killed his own mother a few years after graduating.
We're off today, tomorrow and Friday (our normal day off.) However, I'm at work for a little while thos morning, getting some things done because I was away. It's quiet here and I'm actually able to focus.
Glad you get time to decompress and have Christmas
He said, "Ma'am, if I didn't open the door for a lady, my dad would still take the strap to me, even though I'm grown up."
We both laughed and then I told him it sounded like he was raised right. He told me he's raising his two sons the same way. :)
Yah, there's a party this evening that I'll go to after Mass and a dinner party tomorrow afternoon. For my first Christmas in the sandbox (I've always made it home for the previous ones), it's very nice. The Christmas spirit is very much alive in Baghdad. :)
You have Christmas plans?
Going to a friends for diner but outside of that, this has been a very quiet Christmas.
When do you go back to work?
My next one is early April. Going to the UK to visit my sister - yet another ex-pat in the family.
Ex pats make for quiet Christmas’s at home but give you great places to visit!
I bet England at Christmas would be nice
Have a roasted goose and a black pudding for me L0L
Have a roasted goose and a black pudding for me L0L
I'm not going until early April. Just got back from R&R...they expect me to stick around a while before I slip off on another one. L0L
Ewww....I don't do black pudding. Yecchhh!
I go to England once a year to visit my sis. I've got to take at least one of my leaves outside the US to keep that ex-pat tax break! :)
You did say April didnt ya? My mistake.
I meant PLUM pudding LoL sheesh. My brain is flickering or sumthing