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Science of Sex: What’s Your Type?

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So it seems like our “type” may actually reflect a desire to date someone that’s similar to us, or perhaps our idealized and romanticized self. Our quest for sameness goes even further than just college stats and muscle mass. Although scientists can pinpoint general traits that make someone attractive (strong jaw, physical fitness, etc.), studies have shown that we tend to be attracted to those who look like we do. That’s because people want a mate that looks familiar—like their parents or even themselves. In one example, David Perrett, a researcher at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, showed students faces of the opposite sex and asked them to rate them on attractiveness. For one of the faces, he used a picture of the student and morphed it into the opposite sex. Of all the faces to choose from, the students almost always preferred the face that was essentially their own.

Opposites Attract?
We might balk at the narcissism and point to plenty of couples that don’t look alike or share similar backgrounds. But credentials don’t really describe a person’s personality. That’s what Dr. Helen Fischer, an anthropologist and consultant for Chemistry.com, tries to do in her most recent book, Why Him? Why Her? In it, she constructs four different temperaments, based on hormones and neurochemicals, which explain why certain types are attracted to others.

Instead of just looking at things like socioeconomic background and basic interests, Fischer comes up with four main personality types. The Explorer, ruled by high dopamine levels, is a risk-taker, seeks adventure and novelty, and is curious. The Builder has high serotonin activity and is calm, likes schedules and roles, and is conventional. The Director is influenced by testosterone and is focused, analytical, and logical, while the Negotiator has high estrogen activity, sees the big picture, and is compassionate, altruistic, and imaginative.

People can fall into more than one type, but Dr. Fisher contends that while couples may have similarities, they also have traits that complement each other. In Fisher’s view, personality type doesn’t always follow the “like attracts like” situation—Explorers are drawn to Explorers, but Directors and Negotiators tend to pair up well, too

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7:45PM PDT on May 13, 2015

Was expecting to find my type. Yet good info

8:53AM PDT on May 1, 2015

This article completely failed to account for the percentage of people, usually men, who attract no one at all. I assure you, we are out here. Best case scenario, from time to time, we attract someone for whom we feel no attraction whatsoever. I myself certainly don't set out to date supermodels...still, my taste in women exceeds my ability to attract those women. So, I don't date anymore. Single indefinitely. It takes a lot of courage for a man to recognize when he's been beaten in the dating arena, and to bow out gracefully and with dignity.

8:22AM PDT on May 1, 2015

Was expecting abit more from this article,but the comments were also very interêsting and some funny thank you

6:21AM PDT on Apr 27, 2015

There will come a time when we have conducted enough studies show that convergence of knowledge is actually possible.

9:32PM PDT on Apr 14, 2015

I hope it works out for you

6:05AM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Thanks for the comment Amy L. you are obviously a kindred spirit...and I'll repeat my comment because care2 have managed to lose my previous page, friends, points, donations and stars!!! :-(
After 50 years of trying to get it right and scaling down my idealistic expectations I am resigned to being happily single because when all is said and done
"We remain in the laps of the Gods" as far as partners are concerned....and they all disappear when you need them the most....maybe the answer is to use abuse and hold in contempt !!??
but that wouldn't sit right with my idealistic nature and desires ... Romeo and Juliet in my sixties I think not but ???...

6:04AM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Thanks for the comment Amy L. you are obviously a kindred spirit...and I'll repeat my comment because care2 have managed to lose my previous page, friends, points, donations and stars!!! :-(
After 50 years of trying to get it right and scaling down my idealistic expectations I am resigned to being happily single because when all is said and done
"We remain in the laps of the Gods" as far as partners are concerned....and they all disappear when you need them the most....maybe the answer is to use abuse and hold in contempt !!??
but that wouldn't sit right with my idealistic nature and desires ... Romeo and Juliet in my sixties I think not but ???...


5:08PM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

Thanks.

5:04AM PDT on Apr 11, 2015

Entertaining comments, insipid article.
Actually i took t. bait and clicked on this as i was hoping for 1 of those fun personality quizzes... a type of entertainment i haven't enjoyed for several years. But, we're given only terse summaries of 4 types, and i didn't see any link to a quiz. What a swizz...-.-
hahaha rhyme unintended...that's my quirk, caused by my calling as lyricist ^^

9:05PM PDT on Apr 9, 2015

thanks

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