What makes a person fall in love with another will probably remain a mystery but some reasons are backed by science!
Many-a-time it is said that embracing someone's imperfections is a sign of truly being in love. But no one really knows what goes on in the mind of someone who finds someone so attractive, they can't help falling in love with them. In its entirety, it might remain a mystery as we know it, but science has explanations for some of the reactions we have when we fall in love with someone.
After several surveys and studies, researchers have found out certain unexpected reasons for falling in love. Well, it could be unexpected for some and normal for others.
Here are some of them:
According to a study conducted in 2011, it has been found out that women who look happy have been deemed most attractive by men. Well, happiness could be attractive, but it turns out, not for everyone. The same study concluded that men who look happy aren't quite desired by women. As a part of the experiments conducted under the study, 1000 people were shown images of people of the opposite sex. The results found out that men rated women most attractive when they looked happy and least attractive when they displayed pride, with women it was just the opposite.
Now, this is not an uncommon one, is it? For quite long, we have seen people pursue someone hopelessly when they know that their efforts are not being acknowledged. Interestingly, a 2014 study found that this could be true in certain circumstances. This study found out that men in a speed-dating experiment found those women more attractive who played hard to get. This study also found out that men who chose their partner themselves instead of being assigned felt more committed to the woman when she seemed disinterested.
However, it is also noteworthy, that although the men desired the woman more who kept playing hard to get, their liking for them kept decreasing. Well, we never said that love is going to be easy or make complete sense!
Even if we split up from a relationship, some parts of it never really leave us completely and this 2011 study proves that. This also shows that both men and women might think since a person looks like their former or current partner they might experience the same comfort that they had once received. Results of this study have shown that while men and women find those people attractive who like the ones who they have once courted or are courting, women adhere to this psychology more dearly than men.
Women find those people attractive who look like their current or former partner, so do men. But when compared, men like similar-looking women way less than what women do.
This has got to be one of the weirdest ones, isn't it? Well, there are facts to prove that this is true! The University of St. Andrews psychologist David Perrett and his colleagues conducted a study where they found out that some people might find those people attractive who have the same hair and color of eyes as their opposite-sex parent. Not just that, the age range they prefer is most likely the one in which they saw their opposite-sex parent on birth.
The authors wrote, "We found that women born to 'old' parents (over 30) were impressed by youth, and more attracted to age cues in male faces than women with 'young' parents (under 30)." They added, "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."
But it's not what you think! A 1996 study found that the people who are stereotypically very attractive were more satisfied dating people who were equally or less good-looking than them. Strange? Could be! Under this study, each participant was first rated for their physical attractiveness and then assigned a date with another participant. Later, they were asked to produce their judgments. Turned out the very attractive ones had lower satisfaction dating those who were equally good or better looking than them.