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Rules of attraction: 10 biggest love myths exploded

Rules of attraction: 10 biggest love myths exploded

作者:马镎  时间:2019-02-28 01:15:04  人气:

Olivier Culmann/Tendance Floue By Mairi Macleod WHEN it comes to romantic liaisons, evolution has honed our preferences. Just as a peacock impresses with his feathers, so heterosexual humans look for the telltale signs of a good mate that will boost their reproductive fitness. Women want masculine, dominant men – protectors and providers, with high testosterone levels and good genes that can be passed on to offspring. Men go for physically feminine women, whose hourglass figures signal top-notch fertility. At least, that’s what we are often told. If you’ve always thought it sounded a bit simplistic, you were right. Increasingly, research is revealing that the rules of attraction are far more nuanced. Our preferences are personal and flexible, shaped by factors such as our environment, social status and economic prospects. It’s time to question the stereotypes and rewrite the rulebook. When asked to rate the importance of qualities in a partner, men rank attractiveness more highly than women do, and women rank wealth and ambition more highly than men do. But what people say they want and what they actually choose do not necessarily match up. Paul Eastwick and Eli Finkel at the University of Texas, Austin, discovered that although participants in a speed-dating event showed the expected gender differences beforehand, once they sat down with potential partners both sexes placed most importance on physical attractiveness,