Physical attraction is one of the most important aspects of a relationship, particularly in the early stages. We all know that feeling when we see that guy we’ve been lusting over at the gym or experience that instant pull to our partner – the feeling that something beyond our control is attracting us to that person.
What we don’t always realize is that there’s science behind this! Physical attraction is actually influenced by a series of chemical reactions and hormones that help us choose a mate.
Discovery Channel explored this process in their show “The Science of Sex Appeal” which can be viewed here: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/other-shows/videos/other-shows-science.... While it’s a complex process, there are some interesting ideas to be gathered from the show that might just change the way you view that cute guy you just started talking with.
So what do you need to know?
• Physical attraction relies heavily on a series of chemical reactions and hormones. Feeling yourself drawn to the best looking guy in the room? Those are your hormones at work. Probably no surprise there!
• Women naturally gravitate toward men with dominant masculine features, such as a strong jawbone and muscular physique. The face is typically considered the most attractive and compelling feature on the human body. Not surprisingly, our faces are also indicative of other things. Some believe that looking at a man’s face, you can get an idea of their testosterone levels, attracting you to them for procreation purposes.
• Women tend to be naturally attracted to status and power. Find yourself placing importance on the way a potential mate dresses? Particularly attracted to a man with a nice car? We’re often drawn to individuals with status because our primal instincts are concerned with selecting a partner who can care for us down the line. But…for the modern woman who is empowered, confident and career oriented, this may be a rapidly changing thought process.
So, the takeaway is that attraction occurs at multiple levels and influences us physically and emotionally. It turns out, picking a potential mate is scientific and, as we may have guessed, a natural process driven by some seriously primal instincts!