Individual differences in women's perceptions of other women's dominance
Article first published online: 11 JUL 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 79–86, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Watkins, C. D., Quist, M. C., Smith, F. G., DeBruine, L. M. and Jones, B. C. (2012), Individual differences in women's perceptions of other women's dominance. Eur. J. Pers., 26: 79–86. doi: 10.1002/per.837
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 11 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 13 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Received: 28 FEB 2011
- intrasexual competition;
- sexual dimorphism;
- mate choice;
Recent research on men's dominance perception suggests that the extent to which men perceive masculine men to be more dominant than relatively feminine men is negatively correlated with measures of their own dominance. In the current studies, we investigated the relationship between indices of women's own dominance and their perceptions of other women's facial dominance. Women's own height and scores on a dominance questionnaire were negatively correlated with the extent to which they perceived masculine women to be more dominant than relatively feminine women. In follow-up studies, we observed similar individual differences when (i) women separately judged other women's social and physical dominance, suggesting that individual differences in women's dominance perceptions generalize across two different types of dominance judgment and (ii) we assessed the perceivers' dominance indirectly by using a questionnaire that measures the extent to which women view interactions with other women in competitive terms. These findings present new evidence that the extent to which people perceive masculine individuals to be more dominant than relatively feminine individuals is negatively correlated with measures of their own dominance and suggest that competition and conflict among women may have shaped individual differences in women's dominance perception. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.