Can’t Help Who You Love

21Jul10

For those of us who are lucky enough to be in love or have experienced love, we know how good it can feel.  Someone who shares your same interests, thinks the same way as you, and can finish your sentences.  Yet, some relationships involve two very different people who seem to somehow “make it” as a couple.  Does this really work?  The answer depends on who you ask.  

According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National ‘s Academy of Sciences in July of 2003, researchers quizzed 978 heterosexual residents of Ithaca, N.Y., between the ages of 18 and 24. First, the participants rated the importance of 10 attributes of a long-term partner, and then rated themselves on the same scale. When the results were tallied, self-perception was more likely to match mate perception.  Thus, “birds of the same feather flock together.”

Yet, in another study people were subconsciously more likely to choose a partner whose genetic make-up is different to their own.  They found evidence that married couples are more likely to have genetic differences in a DNA region governing the immune system than were randomly matched pairs.

In the end, people cannot help who they love.  So, rather than base your perceptions of a potential partner on studies and statistics, look for that special someone based on how he or she makes you feel.  Simply put, life is too short!

Which study do you most agree with?  Why?

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