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Being nice can even make a person seem more physically attractive. The Brain. This article was originally published on The Conversation.
This idea of reciprocity may sound very simple, but it has incredibly important implications for all relationships. Share on Twitter.
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Of course, online dating and dating apps have changed where we meet our future partners. Knowing all this, is it possible to predict with any accuracy whether two people will form a stable relationship?
All of this makes it difficult to know in advance how relationships will turn out in advance. Second, appearance does matter.
Syda Productions. Some time ago, I found myself single again shock, horror! In fact, decades of research has shown that attraction is most likely to be sparked when two people perceive themselves as being very similar to each other.
Finally, despite what many people think, opposites very rarely attract. Viren Swami is speaking on Attraction explained: The science of how we form relationships, at the Cambridge Science Festival. Read the original article. But even online, geography continues to have an influence.
Probably not. Also, playing hard-to-get almost never works. But too often those opinions were based on anecdotes, assumptions about human behaviour I knew to be wrong, or — worse — pure misogyny.
Third, it seems that we like people who like us. People perceived to be physically attractive get asked out on dates more often and receive more messages on online dating sites. Consuming alcoholfor example, really can make everyone else appear more physically attractive.
The attraction spectrum
As a psychologist who has studied attraction, I felt certain that science could offer a better understanding of romantic attraction than all the self-help experts, pick-up artists and agony aunts in the world. About a half of romantic relationships are formed between people who live relatively near each other and the greater the geographical distance between two people, the less likely they are to get together. It could be similarity in terms of sociodemographics — most relationships are formed between people who are similar in terms of age, social class, occupational background, and so on.
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Well, first, it turns out that one of the strongest predictors of whether any two people will form a relationship is sheer physical proximity. But physical attractiveness matters most in the absence of social interaction. So what does this science of attraction tell us?
But of course, the social context matters as well. Giving the impression of dislike is unlikely to spark attraction because it goes against the grain of reciprocity.
But more important than sociodemographics is similarity of values — everything from musical tastes to political orientation. They even have sex more often and, apparently, have more orgasms during sex.
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Deciding when and how to disclose intimate information to a new partner is an important part of every romantic relationship and can be the difference between an honest, healthy relationship or a closed, stunted one. People in romantic relationships, particularly new relationships, are biased in how they perceive their partners.
Once social interaction takes place, other traits come into their own. Chat-up lines may sound like a bit of fun, but all romantic relationships are built on reciprocal self-disclosure — the mutual exchange of intimate information with a partner. One the difficulties with these sorts of predictions is that relationships are complex and often messy.
After all, the point of online dating is eventually to meet someone offline — and it costs more time and money to meet someone who lives further away. And my own research has shown that love sometimes really is blind.
It turns out that both women and men value traits such as kindnesswarmth, a good sense of humour, and understanding in a potential partner — in other words, we prefer people we perceive as nice. For a start, relationships are stressful and stress can sometimes make us behave in strange ways.