Do Opposites Attract? Magnets, Yes. People, No.

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How many of the women you’ve dated look–even just a little–like your mother? Probably more than you think (or than you’d like to admit). That may be a little off-putting to contemplate, but it’s nothing to be embarrassed about–we all do it. It may be politically incorrect to say so, but we’re biologically wired to like the people we spend the most time with. In our early years, that’s mom or dad. We trust them, and as we get older we have a tendency to see people who look like them as more trustworthy. And according to psychologist David Perrett, trustworthy develops into “mateworthy.”

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  1. Zak HinesJuly 28, 2015

    This is a really interesting piece! Certainly provides new insight into why we are attracted to who we are attracted to. I’d always heard bits and pieces of the “girlfriends look like your mom” concept but I had never truly believed or understood it. But now after reading this piece, it makes a lot of sense. We spend the first 5-6 years of our lives at home constantly with our parents. That’s a comfort level that really can’t be broken (barring abusive circumstances of course) and it would make sense that in our desire to seek out a significant other, we would look for people who make us feel comfortable.

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