Preselection (Red Pill) – All You Need To Know

In this post, we’ll unpack all you need to know about Preselection within the context of dating and relationships, defining exactly what it is, its adaptive role in evolution, a number of studies that support the idea, how to leverage it and more.

What Is Preselection?

Preselection, also known as mate-choice copying, is a term often used within Red Pill communities to describe the tendency to find potential partners more desirable when they are already desired by others.

A Form Of Social Proof

Preselection is a form of social proof. Therefore, the same way people want things that other people want, women want men that other women want.

“Women want men who other men want to be and other women want to be with.”

The Evolutionary Perspective

In our ancestral past, women’s sexual selection was a matter of life or death. Those who were able to successfully identify a competent man were more likely to survive and reproduce.

Therefore, from an evolutionary perspective, preselection evolved as tool to help women more quickly identify competent men who could become potential mates. The higher the quality of the females who had chosen a given male, the stronger the mate copying. This in turn helped minimise potential costs such as time, energy and recourses, when choosing a mate.

“Women are attracted to men that other men respect and other women desire.”

Preselection & Mimetic Desire

Preselection is intimately linked to mimetic desire in that both concepts involve people desiring a person, place or thing more because others already desire it. This reinforces the perceived value of the person, place or thing in question through social proof and imitation.

Studies That Support Preselection

Women judge men as more desirable when accompanied by other women, especially if those women are attractive. The higher the quality of women who have chosen a given man, the stronger the pre-selection.

In one study, researchers found that a man’s relationship status directly affected his attractiveness to women. When women thought a man was single, 59% found him attractive. However, when women thought a man was in a committed relationship, 90% found him attractive.

The same study also showed that single women were more interested in poaching a man who was already in a committed relationship rather than pursuing a man who was single.

How To Leverage Preselection

The key to leveraging preselection is to visibly demonstrate that you are desired by others, particularly those are are perceived as attractive and high-status.

This can be achieved in two ways. Firstly, by actively engaging in social settings where you can be seen interacting positively with potential romantic partners. Secondly, by being spoken of favourably by potential romantic partner .

By cultivating this form of social proof, you increase your perceived Sexual Market Value in the Sexual Marketplace and desirability in the eyes of others.

Summary (TL;DR)

Preselection refers to the concept that individuals are perceived as more desirable when they are already desired by others.

Preselection evolved as an adaptation to assist women in solving the problem of identifying high-quality men as sexual partners. The best and quickest indicator of a high-quality man is a man who other women judge favourably having already seemingly done the groundwork.

The key to leveraging preselection is to demonstrate that you are desired by others. In doing so, you increase your own perceived Sexual Market Value and desirability.


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