Celebrity Rehab psychotherapist Sherry Gaba cites four reasons good girls like bad boys. The good girl may have the personality of a fixer; the bad boy's personality is like her dad's; she wants to save a troubled soul; or she wants an adventurous guy (Gaba).
Gaba doesn't mention cute or nice, but it's a plausible explanation for Good Girl Bad Boy relationships. Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Phaedra Parks and VH1s Love and Hip Hop's (NYC) Yandy Smith are good girls who love bad guys. Phaedra Parks' husband Apollo Nida and Yandy Smith's fiance Mendeecees Harris are the cutest bad guys on reality television.
But they ruffle federal lawmen's feathers. FXs Justified is a wonderful fictional example of what happens when bad guys get on law enforcement's nerves.
Phaedra Parks’ husband Apollo Nida made national news headlines after a federal fraud investigation. So far, the information on Apollo Nida looks damning. Yandy Smith delivered $200k to bail her fiance, Mendeecees Harris, out of the jail cell he's slept in for a year. Smith's a college degree holding buinesswoman with a toddler. Harris has federal drug charges.
Phaedra Parks is a lawyer, an actress, a mom, and an author. Parks' release of her Secrets of Southern Belle book and current book tour coincide with blazing questions about her husband's federal indictments. On her television series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Phaedra Parks has entered the mortuary business, so she's also a student. One woman, three degrees. Her husband's white collar accusations include identity theft.
Without certain family dynamics, college educated women will choose men (Prince Charmings) who haven’t finished or never attended college. Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey filmed family drama of Teresa and Joe Giudice. The Giudices have pleaded guilty to white collar crimes and will be sentenced. Teresa Giudice is a college graduate, entrepreneur and NYT Bestselling author. Her husband works construction. Like Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice's parents immigrated to the US from Italy.
First generation college students often do not know the value of seeking out relationships with college peers who have strong academic inclinations. These students are in social and often loving, productive relationships with parents who don't have degrees. For women, the resulting dynamic is marriage to a man with less education than she has, but the last US census proved that divorce stats are lowest among college educated couples who both have undergrad degrees and higher.