Dianne Trussell and human mating
I knew Dianne Trussell over a quarter of a century ago. I was her landlord for a while. And she was into diving -- with airtanks and other diving stuff prominent among her possessions. She was happy and optimistic in a fixed-smile, brittle sort of way.
I could see where she was going wrong then but said nothing. But perhaps now I should say something.
Psychologists have been interested in human relationships for a long time and they have converged on a "trading" view of relationships. Each partner brings to the relationship something of equal value. The value will be subjective but is nonetheless real. The subjective does matter.
And the valued items are very upsetting for those who believe in romance. Both males and females value physical things highly. Women are particularly fixated on height. Few women will tolerate their man being shorter than them. This is particularly bad for short men -- making their prospects of offering value to a woman very poor. So many short men will end up going to the Republic of the Philippines for brides -- because Filipinas are usually only 5' or 5"1" tall.
There is one group of women who value the physical above all else -- Chinese women living in the Western world. Australia is about 5% Chinese so one sees a lot of Chinese ladies about the place. And if the lady is attached to a man, he will normally be a Caucasian man -- a TALL Caucasian man. If you see one with a Chinese man, he will be a TALL Chinese man. So lots of unremarkable Australian men get devoted wives that way. Chinese ladies will put up with a lot in order to get tall fathers for their children. They know how genetics works and they think ahead.
Men are slightly less rigid. They look for an hourglass figure in a woman but insecure men will accept a relatively flat-chested woman because they don't like other men looking at her.
But the whole process often grinds to a halt because individuals overestimate the value of what they offer. There are skinny, gangly, flat-chested women who think that their own wonderful self is sufficient to interest a man. So they aim for high value men -- good looking, competent men. But such men are not interested in them. Such men can get a much higher value woman -- probably one with a good figure. So the woman concerned wonders: "Where are all the men?" And they keep up that misjudgement into their 30s, by which time most of the good-deal men of their age and circle are married off.
I remember a singles party for people in their 40s and 50s that I once went to. I was talking to a lady who said: "Where are all the men?" I pointed out that there was actually a majority of nen present. She replied: "No, not THOSE men". She was looking for men much younger than herself.
And I think Dianne Trussell was one woman who valued herself too highly. She was mixing with divers -- who would generally be very fit and confident men. And such men would have a lot to offer and would want a woman with a good figure. But Diane was flat-chested. So she would have sparked only fleeting interest from the men she mixed with. She was fairly tall so could have got herself a short man but her value of herself was too high for that. Short men will have almost any tall woman who will have them. They know how genetics works too.
I gather it is the selfsame Dianne who now does alternative things down at Byron Bay. Alternative things are a way of coping with the fact that you are not getting what you want in life.
I knew she was fishing in the wrong pool all those years ago and it has always bothered me that I said nothing to her about it.