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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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10:55AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

coconut

7:14PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Interesting. Thks.

2:49AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

This article must be only for fun.

Might as well enjoy the day single or married -- what does it matter?
Why on earth are some people always capable of finding out what type they are -- and other people cannot fit into the type?
What are the people doing that know their type?
What are the people -- equally of value and worth -- doing that do not fit in 'a type'?

9:41PM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

Thanks to Helen Fischer I finally I know I'm an explorer, a builder, a director and a negotiator. Depends on my daily mood and the weather, of course.

4:43AM PDT on May 29, 2014

Ramhit, are you a fan of Borat?

2:00PM PDT on May 26, 2014

So much for Fischer's attempt to try to categorize people into personality types. It's just a gimmick, and doesn't do justice to the complexity of individuals.

4:30PM PDT on May 23, 2014

Is Care2 on a campaign with all these recommendations for sexy articles from the past?

And do that many people really need all these instructions???

5:09AM PDT on May 10, 2014

Thanks.

9:05AM PDT on May 8, 2014

sexy time is as good as sex

11:41PM PDT on May 7, 2014

interesting article but I must agree (in most situations) with John W

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