Why Is This Important?
Because apparently ‘opposites attract’ only applies to those living the single life.
Long Story Short
According to a recent study, if you’re in a relationship, you’re more attracted to faces that look similar to your own (weirdos, the lot of you). Meanwhile, those who are single are into opposites.
Sigmund Freud’s theories are weird enough when you think about being attracted to your mom or dad (shudder). But things are getting a whole lot weirder in the field of psychology.
A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology out of Czechia (the country formerly known as The Czech Republic, formerly known as Czechoslovakia, so pretty much the Prince of countries) found that people in a relationship are attracted to different types of faces than singletons on the prowl.
“We found that single participants, those not in relationships, rate dissimilar faces as more attractive and sexy than self-resembling faces;” said lead author Jitka Lindová, as quoted in Science Daily.
So when you’re coupled up, the only thing other than your partner (assuming he/she doesn’t already look like you) you’re crushing on is…yourself!
Reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry falls in love with…himself!
The researchers came to this conclusion by presenting university students with a mixture of real photos and ones altered to look like themselves.
Oh, and incase you’re wondering if this works if you’re attracted to guys or gals, the researchers said the conclusions were the same for both sexes.
So, how could this be? One theory the researchers suggest is that we’re subconsciously keeping ourselves from wandering off with every fresh new different-looking face we see. We’re trying to convince ourselves we love our partners by only getting turned on our gross selves everywhere. Ain’t that cute!
“Our interpretation is that attractiveness perception mechanisms that give us a preference for a genetically suitable partner may be suppressed during romantic relationships,” explained Lindová. “This might be a relationship maintenance strategy to prevent us from finding alternatives to our own partner, or perhaps self-resemblance becomes more important in terms of the social support we expect receive from relatives, which are known as kinship cues.”
And whatever you do, don’t go running off with that person who looks and acts like you. As Jerry learned in the episode, being with someone just like you ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.
“I can’t be with someone like me, I hate myself!” — words to live by.
Own The Conversation
Ask The Big Question
What if you’re in a relationship, but secretly wanting out? Who will your eyes be sparkling for then?
Disrupt Your Feed
“Don’t you go running off with yourself” could be a public service announcement when we all have clones.
Drop This Fact
This is one of the very first studies to look into how our relationship status affects who we find attractive.