The weird psychological reasons someone might fall in love with you (13 Photos)

Decades of studies show that the cliché that ‘opposites attract’ is completely wrong. Gian Gonzaga, lead author of a study of couples who met on eHarmony, says “Partners who are similar in broad dispositions, like personality, are more likely to feel the same way in their day-to-day lives. This may make it easier for partners to understand each other.”

University of St. Andrews psychologist David Perrett and his team found that some people are attracted to those who have the same hair and eye color of their opposite-sex parents , as well as the age range they saw at birth. He says, “We found that women born to ‘old’ parents (over 30) were less impressed by youth, and more attracted to age cues in male faces than women with ‘young parents’ (under 30). For men, preferences for female faces were influenced by their mother’s age and not their father’s age, but only for long-term relationships.”

A University of Southern California study of women who were ovulating suggested that some prefer the smell of T-shirts worn by men with high levels of testosterone. This matched with other hormone-based instincts. Some women also preferred men with a strong jaw line during ovulation.

Body language experts swear that posture speaks louder than words. Keeping your hands in your pockets and your shoulders turned inwards gives off the signal that you’re not interested. Talking with your hands and standing in an open stance shows that you’re ready to do a lot of mingling.

72 unacquainted undergrads at the University of Massachussetts paired off and stared into each other’s eyes for two minutes. Scientific American said, “They later reported they had increased feelings of passionate love and affection towards the other person. This suggests that long periods of eye contact can connect you to someone and even ignite feelings of love inside you for that person you have never previously met.”

In a European study about facial range and attractiveness, researchers wanted to know whether Botox actually helps women find partners. Those who went through facial procedures saw a significant reduction in perceived age, and people rated them as much more attractive and healthy. The more treatments the women received, the more they were considered youthful, healthy and attractive.

Yale psychologist John Bargh performed an experiment where participants held warm or cold drinks and had to rate whether someone’s personality was warm or cold. Those who held warm beverages judged the person to have a warm personality, because their minds are already tuned in to think that way. So, maybe go on a coffee date instead of taking her out for ice cream.

In a University of Michigan experiment, women read stories about men. Whenever the story featured a guy who owned a dog, women rated them with higher long-term attractiveness. Researchers say this is because pet ownership could signal a nurturing person or one with a tendency towards commitment.

In a 1996 study, each participant was rated on physical attractiveness and then randomly assigned to date another participant. Then, the pair was asked to rate their satisfaction with their dates. The participants who were more attractive were harsher in their judgements-even if they were both equally attractive. The better looking someone was, the less satisfied they were likely to be. But this only applies to the really attractive people. For the rest of us, according to the matching hypothesis, we are more likely to love those who are equally as attractive as us.

Researchers in France found that musical practice is associated with sexual selection. In an experiment, a young man holding either a guitar case or sports bag asked 300 women on the street for their numbers. More women went for the musician over the gym rat.

In an Australian experiment, researchers found that women consider faces with heavy stubble more attractive than heavy beards, light stubble or clean-shaven faces.

In a Slovakian research study, women who wore the color red were more successful out in the field. This can be attributed to sexual signaling, because women use the color red to attract potential mates. Women are attracted to red on men, too, since apparently is signals status. Via Business Insider