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Do Tell: How Has Your Relationship With Your Dad Affected Your Love Life?

Whether you have an amazing relationship with your father or a lousy/nonexistent one, Father's Day is a time to reflect on how this important figure in your life shaped your relationship to other men. (It can even impact desire/identification for gay women.)

Psychologists have argued that if you had a loving and healthy relationship with your father, you will most likely seek out men with his qualities. For women with unbalanced or dysfunctional relationships — either an overdoting, overprotective father or an absent one — they can become, in the former case, "princesses" who expect men who bend over backward for them, or, in the latter case, women with "daddy issues," who look for the same unavailable or unsatisfactory men who remind them of their disappointing fathers.

Do you look for the kind of man your father is — or the complete opposite? How has your relationship with your dad affected your love life?

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