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It's a gene thing: Bad boys hardwired to be bad
The Washington Times ^ | 12/23/08 | Jennifer Harper

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

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: behavior; genes; genetics; males; manly; psychology
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1 posted on 12/23/2008 12:02:35 PM PST by lakeprincess
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To: lakeprincess

Oh yeah... girls never stir the pot or take risks L0L


2 posted on 12/23/2008 12:04:32 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: lakeprincess
Bad boys, bad boys.

Whatcha gonna do?

3 posted on 12/23/2008 12:05:32 PM PST by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: lakeprincess

How come ‘bad boys’ get to have a gene, but not homosexuals?


4 posted on 12/23/2008 12:05:52 PM PST by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: lakeprincess

Here is the deal. people like people that take risks, until those risks dont pay off.


5 posted on 12/23/2008 12:06:17 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: stuartcr
How come ‘bad boys’ get to have a gene, but not homosexuals?

Homosexuals pulling down jeans? I guess that will not end well!

6 posted on 12/23/2008 12:08:46 PM PST by pikachu (Don't be dumb -- we have Democrats for that)
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To: lakeprincess

“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


7 posted on 12/23/2008 12:08:52 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: lakeprincess
Curiously, I'm badwired to be har.....

.....no, I just can't go there.

8 posted on 12/23/2008 12:09:04 PM PST by Lazamataz (Proud author of abstract semi-religious dogmatic hoooey with a decidedly fringe feel.)
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To: lakeprincess

9 posted on 12/23/2008 12:11:40 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obamanation: an imploding administration headed by a clueless schmuck)
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To: lakeprincess

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.


10 posted on 12/23/2008 12:17:17 PM PST by alloysteel (Balkanization - perhaps one of the few remaining ways to preserve American ideals.)
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To: pikachu

Probably not.


11 posted on 12/23/2008 12:19:07 PM PST by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: Lazamataz

>Curiously, I’m badwired to be har.....
>.....no, I just can’t go there.

LOL - That’s good; thanks for the chuckle.


12 posted on 12/23/2008 12:24:14 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: lakeprincess

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.


13 posted on 12/23/2008 12:25:38 PM PST by Apollo 13
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To: alloysteel

“nice guys finish last”

In some ways, yes; but nice guys last longer.


14 posted on 12/23/2008 12:25:44 PM PST by OldNavyVet (Character counts)
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To: lakeprincess
Oh no, not the bad boy theory again.
Back in the day, bad boys, slicked their hair back, smoked cigs and brazened a tattoo or 2.
Now, they are gang bangers that rape, pillage and murder.
I'm liking the 'geek' boys now.


15 posted on 12/23/2008 12:26:20 PM PST by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: lakeprincess

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.


16 posted on 12/23/2008 12:26:36 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: lakeprincess
Men who had a gene associated with "rule-breaking behavior" were rated most popular by a group of previously unacquainted peers, she found.

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.

17 posted on 12/23/2008 12:29:09 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Hairless men weird me out worse than hairless cats." ~Trailerpark Badass)
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To: mylife

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.


18 posted on 12/23/2008 12:30:17 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway

Who are those dolts?


19 posted on 12/23/2008 12:30:59 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

You see people like this all over... Utter trash in my eyes.


20 posted on 12/23/2008 12:34:11 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: mylife
Oh yeah... girls never stir the pot or take risks L0L

Nevah!

21 posted on 12/23/2008 12:36:02 PM PST by Allegra
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To: Allegra

Not me! And I don’t like “bad boys,” either. I like grown men with jobs and ambition. And uniforms.


22 posted on 12/23/2008 12:47:40 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Hairless men weird me out worse than hairless cats." ~Trailerpark Badass)
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To: lakeprincess

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...


23 posted on 12/23/2008 12:48:03 PM PST by ikka (Brother, you asked for it!)
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To: lakeprincess

Women hate nice guys.


24 posted on 12/23/2008 1:50:46 PM PST by Old Sarge (For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American)
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To: Apollo 13
This is typically the kind of science that makes for excellent bar room discussions and nowt else.

You would be our very own Cliff Claven!

25 posted on 12/23/2008 1:54:25 PM PST by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: lakeprincess

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.


26 posted on 12/23/2008 2:03:43 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: mylife

Then there are the Darwin Award winners who must have recesssive risk taking gene combos.


27 posted on 12/23/2008 2:04:47 PM PST by rod1
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To: rod1

http://www.jackassworld.com/


28 posted on 12/23/2008 2:06:38 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Allegra
L0L! quiet you! ☺
29 posted on 12/23/2008 2:07:34 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Allegra

You settled in yet?


30 posted on 12/23/2008 2:08:18 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Old Sarge

Yeah, but you gotta tote that barge, slaughter the enemy and bake a cherry pie L0L

Go figure... L0L

The dance of life


31 posted on 12/23/2008 2:10:22 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: pikachu

They have to pull down genes because there is no zipper in the back.


32 posted on 12/23/2008 2:25:43 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: lakeprincess
That was disproved in 'Bedtime for Bonzo'
33 posted on 12/23/2008 2:30:29 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: stuartcr

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.


34 posted on 12/23/2008 7:58:59 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: mylife
You settled in yet?

Yep..still shaking off the remnants of the jet lag, but I'm all settled in.

35 posted on 12/23/2008 8:14:21 PM PST by Allegra
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To: Allegra

Yeah, yer clocks all messed up. You were up early.


36 posted on 12/23/2008 8:16:52 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Hey, at least I slept unitl 0530 this morning. It’s an improvement. :)


37 posted on 12/23/2008 8:24:48 PM PST by Allegra
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To: Allegra

I am gonna be a mess when I have to go back to work too L0L


38 posted on 12/23/2008 8:26:59 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: lakeprincess

The most popular boy in my school killed his own mother a few years after graduating.


39 posted on 12/23/2008 8:27:56 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: mylife
I am gonna be a mess when I have to go back to work too L0L

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.

40 posted on 12/23/2008 8:32:13 PM PST by Allegra
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To: Allegra

Glad you get time to decompress and have Christmas


41 posted on 12/23/2008 8:35:52 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tax-chick
So do I. I had one wait by the door so he could open it for me at the checkpoint this morning. I smiled and said, "It's nice to see that there are still plenty of gentleman in this world."

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. :)

42 posted on 12/23/2008 8:36:53 PM PST by Allegra
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To: mylife
Glad you get time to decompress and have Christmas

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?

43 posted on 12/23/2008 8:39:30 PM PST by Allegra
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To: Allegra

Going to a friends for diner but outside of that, this has been a very quiet Christmas.


44 posted on 12/23/2008 8:41:32 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

When do you go back to work?


45 posted on 12/23/2008 8:57:16 PM PST by Allegra
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To: Allegra

1/5/09


46 posted on 12/23/2008 8:57:46 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
You've still got plenty of your vacation left.

My next one is early April. Going to the UK to visit my sister - yet another ex-pat in the family.

47 posted on 12/23/2008 9:08:16 PM PST by Allegra
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To: Allegra

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


48 posted on 12/23/2008 9:11:47 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
I bet England at Christmas would be nice

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! :)

49 posted on 12/23/2008 9:24:03 PM PST by Allegra
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To: Allegra

You did say April didnt ya? My mistake.

I meant PLUM pudding LoL sheesh. My brain is flickering or sumthing


50 posted on 12/23/2008 9:32:00 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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