Neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier Weighs In on Why Bachelorettes Are More Successful Than Bachelors

A tale as old as time. With the exception of Jason Mesnick and Arie Luyendyk Jr. — who married their runner-ups — Sean Lowe is the only male lead in the franchise’s history to walk down the aisle after finding love on The Bachelor. The Bachelorette, meanwhile, has helped create six (seemingly) long-lasting couples in a shorter period of time.

Status Check! Bachelor Nation Couples Who Are Still Going Strong

Read article

“Women are primed when we’re very young … We believe in fairy tales. We watched the Hallmark Channel, the romantic movies, you know, we’re already thinking about our weddings [at a young age],” Dr. Kristen Willeumier said on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. “So, I think the Bachelorettes come on with a very clear purpose and intent. … And because there’s an extensive screening process that goes on to even be selected for the show, the men that they’re going to select for the women should be a really good match and should be ready to, you know, make that commitment. And, of course, we know not everybody can do that. But at least we’re seeing that commitment happen more on The Bachelorette.

Neuroscientist Why Bachelorettes Have More Success Than Bachelors
ABC/Craig Sjodin; Shutterstock

While the neuroscientist noted that the women leads may have more success on the series, it’s possible that they could be affected more by any social media backlash.

Messiest Bachelor Nation Breakups

Read article

“Coming from a brain imaging world, women are more likely to struggle with anxiety and depression. So, women might have a harder time with it,” she told Us, noting that a contestant’s “psychological or psychiatric history” impacts how they handle social media hate.

Neuroscientist Why Bachelorettes Have More Success Than Bachelors
ABC

“I think it takes a very special kind of person to be able to compete on one of these shows,” Willeumier explained. “You’re there, you have no access to media, your phone, connections with your friends. So, you’re in this little bubble — this isolated bubble — for these six weeks with people you don’t know. It’s a competition … you’ve got to entertain yourself. And No. 3, you’re there competing for one man or woman. And I think it takes a really special type of person to put themselves in that situation to handle that.”

Bachelor Nation Couples Who Have Split in 2020

Read article

Willeumier added that it’s likely contestants are falling in love from a “lust and chemistry perspective,” referring to the franchise as a “hyper-accelerated way of falling in love.”

She explained, “And I think that’s what attracts [viewers] to the show. We’re there rooting for love to prevail and to actually watch and see if these contestants can make it for the long haul.”

Episode 71

Caila Quinn Recalls Dress Fittings, Filming Before JoJo 'Bachelorette' Swap
A sliding doors moment in Bachelor Nation. As she prepares to walk down the aisle, Caila Quinn reflected on nearly being the season 12 Bachelorette during an appearance on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. Contestants...
Flip podcast card

Episode 72

Bennett Jordan on What Could've Changed His 'Bachelorette' Ending
As he may or may not be gearing up for a stint on Bachelor in Paradise, Bennett Jordan reflected on his time on Tayshia Adams’ season of The Bachelorette during an exclusive interview with Us Weekly, including his decision...
Flip podcast card

Episode 73

Jason Tartick Teases What He Saw on Set of Katie’s 'Bachelorette' Set
After visiting the set of Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette, Jason Tartick teased that Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams might steal the show. ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17: Everything We Know...
Flip podcast card

Episode 74

Why BiP's Raven Gates, Adam Gottschalk Ruled Out a TV Wedding
Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk didn’t get engaged after meeting on the beach in Mexico — a move they think helped them become one of the rare Bachelor in Paradise success stories. Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk's...
Flip podcast card

Episode 75

Katie’s ‘Bachelorette’ Season by the Numbers: Average Age and More Trends
Season 17 of The Bachelorette kicks off on Monday, June 7, and Suzana, who runs @BachelorData on Instagram, broke down Katie Thurston’s journey by the numbers on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. Katie...
Flip podcast card