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The opposites attract: the rule of magnets does not work on people

The opposites attract: the rule of magnets does not work on people

Can people with opposites really be attracted? Science decided to answer that question. Curious studies were carried out by specialists at the Binghamton University. In real life, people often encounter situations where opposites really attract. Young and old people, single and married couples often confirm the classic proverb about love. In previous studies, the conclusion was that about 86 percent of people are sure that they are looking for someone with opposite traits for love. Today, the scientists are not sure in success of that status.

In their opinion, what is true for magnets is completely unsuitable for romantic relationships. That stereotype should be destroyed in order to build a correct understanding of pair relations in its place: “a person who is the same as me is attracted to me”.


The researchers managed to figure out which combination is the best. All available capabilities were divided into three hypotheses. The homogamy hypothesis, the heterogamy hypothesis, and the complementarity hypothesis. A clear leader in relationships is a variant of homogamy. Over the past 50 years, scientists have conducted more than 240 studies where they tried to answer the question if the similarity of points of view, interests, values and other characteristics could create a strong and strong pair. In 2013, in a recent study, the scientists used meta-analysis method that confirmed the irrefutable connection of people with similar data.

This connection is so strong that it is impossible to prove the opposite. It is found in different cultures, in different nations. But that does not mean that opposites do not attract each other. Two other variants of relations also have high indicators, but they are inferior to the leader.

Science finds examples in a daily life when a bad boy becomes a subject of sympathy for a good girl. Opposites attract, it seems that they complement each other. For example, one of the spouses can be cheerful and sociable, and the second can be modest and secretive.


But that does not prevent them from having a strong friendly couple, they balance each other, adopting the character traits of their partner. In fact, there is no scientific evidence that differences in personality, interests, education, politics, parenting, religion, or other traits lead to a greater appeal. In one of the researchers, scientists found out that college students preferred people whose written biographies were similar to their own as future friends.

From the photo, they could not determine how a person can become a friend. And other studies confirmed that conclusion. First, contrasts tend to stand out. Even if the partners in the couple match for many characteristics, they can argue about their differences. In addition, there is an evidence that over the time, the existing difference between partners only grows and this can lead to the inevitable breakdown of their relationship.