Choosing a partner opposite do not necessarily attract
For years musicians and romantics extol the virtues of the attraction of people who are opposite of what or who you are. Psychologist are always puring cold water on the hypothesis that opposite attracts. A resent research into opposite attracting has not just poured water on the hypothesis again but knock it cold and dead in a lab research.
An article on Huffinton Post detailed the research excerpts follows:
The first paper, authored by researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, examined how physical similarity predicts seating choices. It’s a question that you sometimes hear asked with regard to race, as in “Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?”. Never mind that the white kids do, too, but we don’t seem nearly as concerned about it. It turns out that we gravitate toward similar others even on dimensions much less central to our identity than, say, ethnicity.
The article went on further:
A second study found the same pattern by hair color. And in a third study, participants arrived to a psychology lab and were introduced to a partner who was already seated. Handed a chair, they were told to have a seat next to this partner, after which the research term surreptitiously measured how close to the partner’s chair they put their own. A separate set of researchers then evaluated photographs of both the participant and the partner. Lo and behold, the more physically similar the two were judged to be, the closer to the partner the participants tended to place their chair.