Do You Have a Type? Why Women Are Attracted to Certain Men

11/28/2012

This past week I went to the latest Twilight movie (in the name of research, of course). Before, during, and after the movie, I could not help but overhear girlfriends passionately debating who was more attractive, Edward or Jacob. Why are people physically attracted to a certain “type” or “look”?

 

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Photo credit: juliejordanscott via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Team Edward

Team Jacob

Light Hair

Dark Hair

Hairy Body

No Body Hair

Red Eyes

Brown Eyes

Sharp Facial Features

Softer Facial Features

Researchers have found that one reason we are attracted to certain physical features is related to the physical features of our parents. Women tend to be attracted to romantic partners who physically resemble their father’s hair color, eye color, body hair, and facial features. It’s also interesting that this attraction to mates with similar features to their fathers is strongest when they report that there was a good relationship with their fathers.

Time to 'fess up. Does your partner resemble your dad?

More on Attraction:

Inner Vs. Outer Attraction

Can You Find Someone's Smell Attractive?

Is It Love or Lust?


Ty Tashiro is the author of The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love, an entertaining look at why modern dating is so challenging, why people can easily make bad partner choices, and how science can help us make smart decisions in the search for enduring love. It's available on Amazon, Indie Bound and Barnes & Noble. Dr. Ty received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota. His research has appeared in top academic journals and he has been an award-winning professor at the University of Maryland and University of Colorado. Follow him on facebook and twitter.
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