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People Choose Mates Who Look Like Opposite-Sex Parent

The Parent-Mate Connection

We already know we're attracted to people who look like us or our parents, but another study has revealed whose looks we're partial to.

When choosing a mate, we're more likely to find someone who looks like our opposite-sex parent attractive. A survey, which consulted 300 men and 400 women raised by both parents, found women are more likely to select partners who had the same hair and eye color and a similar face shape as their fathers and vice versa.

For men and their mothers, the connection was strongest, but for both sexes, one thing upped the chances of marrying a mate who looked like a parent: a good parent-child relationship.

Do you believe it, or does it sound like family lore?

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amber512 amber512 7 years
*shudder* thank God my husband and my father look NOTHING alike.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Well, I'm almost as short as my MIL....
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
Well if what you are saying is true, it would mean that since I don't have a good parent-child relationship with my father I am not attracted to men that look like him..which is actually true. But I agree with Stephley, these studies are getting annoying.
stephley stephley 7 years
God I wish these simplistic 'studies' would stop. Double check it - have people match the spouse to their opposite sex parent in law. If my brothers think my sisters in law look like my mom they both need smacks upside the head. And my brothers in law resemble my father only in that they have faces.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
file under: weird/gross but probably true.
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