Why you're attracted to certain people, and not others

Why is it that we're just naturally attracted to some people and not others? INSIDER spoke to several experts to find out.

  • When it comes to
  • Good looks, ambition, and a good
  • But there are other factors you're likely unaware of that play an important part in who you're attracted to.
  • Past experiences, proximity, and biology all have a role in determining who catches our attention and who doesn't.

Proximity plays a role in who you're attracted to.

People can be attracted to those who look healthy and fertile.

Our environment teaches us who we should view as attractive.

Personality traits might impact who you're attracted to.


Hormones play a role in attraction.

One 2016 study found that men with high levels of testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, may be more attracted to women with more "feminine" faces, which they described as meaning big eyes, high eyebrows, and a smaller jaw.

But that's not the only way hormones play a role in attraction.

In a study of 238 college women published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2007, Steve Gangestad, professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico, and his colleagues found that women are attracted to certain men depending on where they are in their cycle.

In mid-cycle, women tended to prefer flings with "caddish" men and on average, fertile women were more interested in short-term relationships with men who came across as cocky.

In comparison, at other points in their cycle, they gravitated toward longer-term relationships with kinder, more conscientious, deferential types, those who have stereotypically good father material.

It's possible that opposites don't attract.


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