Science! Why tsundere girls are appealing


Why do guys like tsundere girls? Surely going after a girl that doesn't abuse you seems a lot safer? Is there some reason why guys will go along with the verbal barrage (other than the obvious reason)? Yoshihito Naitou, a psychologist and avid anime/manga fan, has come up with an explanation.

Naitou points to a study performed by Gerald Clore at the University of Illinois. ("Idiot! I-it's not like I did this study just for you! I j-just wanted to do some science is all!") 338 people were shown four videos in which person A acted in different ways towards person B. The first video was person A acting nice the entire time, the second video was person A acting nice and then standoffish, the third video was person A acting cold and then warmly, and the fourth video was person A acting unfriendly the whole time.

You'd expect that people would think that the behavior in the first video was the most appealing, but it was actually the third video (the one with tsundere behavior) that people liked the most. This is because of the gain-loss effect. Because the behavioral baseline is so low, you feel like you are getting more out of the relationship if the other person warms up to you. If the person is pleasant the whole time, you don't feel like you're advancing the relationship.

Naitou notes that it's possible to use this knowledge in dating. If you act aloof at a party, then warm up to a boy/girl the next time, he/she will feel special for being singled out. However, this is risky and could backfire. I think it's worth noting that there's always the chance that the person you're trying to be tsundere to could also be a tsundere with a hidden arsenal of staplers, scissors, and other sharp objects, ready to punish you for trying to be clever.

[MyNavi News via Crunchyroll]

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