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Science of Sex: What’s Your Type?

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Personality, looks, similarities—all play a role in determining our ideal type. There are also sociocultural considerations. For instance, there’s evidence to show that adherence to a masculine or feminine gender role is linked to a preference for certain qualities in a mate. A 2011 paper in the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology notes that hyperfemininity, which is a “strong adherence to traditionally feminine attitudes and beliefs,” is characterized by a marked preference for more traditional and stereotypical male/masculine behaviors and a higher tolerance for male sexual aggression and coercion. Hypermasculine men may also tend toward women who display stereotypical “female” qualities.

While it may be hard to curb your enthusiasm for tall, lanky artists, it’s clear that breaking away from what we consider our “types” can be a good thing. If always going for the bad boys leaves you perpetually heartbroken, or if you’re bored by your similarities with the on-paper matches, perhaps try something that doesn’t fit the mold. It can require overlooking Tevas with socks or seeing eye-to-eye (literally), but widening the dating pool certainly can’t hurt.

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11:12AM PDT on Sep 16, 2015

This never needed testing. What a waste and I bet the government paid for it.
We want people who complement ourselves, we don't want to change so we want them to have what we consider attributes of ourselves.

Our taste change when we are comfortable with ourselves, but if they are not, then you still end up looking for the person most like you, if not in stature then in likes and dislikes.

Relationships suffer if one settles, or as time passes and one grows more to their own liking (often happens in long marriages of today with all the opportunities both have now)

There... Free of charge, and in just a matter of seconds and simply living life.
What a dumb waste of research.

5:03AM PDT on Aug 22, 2015

Thank you

8:47PM PDT on Aug 19, 2015


4:53PM PDT on Aug 19, 2015

Opposites attract -
Birds of a feather
Well, there you have it.

7:03PM PDT on Aug 17, 2015

but all have madness

12:40PM PDT on Aug 15, 2015

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2:15PM PDT on Aug 11, 2015

I'm glad this went beyond the physical "do you like blonde, brunettes, or redheads?" It's a start.

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