The Psychology of Attraction: Why We Like Who We Like Essay

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"Attraction: 1.n. the power or act of attracting; 2.a desirable or pleasant quality or thing" (Merriam-Webster, 2015). Taken directly from Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, this definition states in clear, scientific terms what attraction is. However, as every human knows, the power of attraction goes far beyond this cut and dried statement, reaching deep into our psyche, as well into our past. In this paper, the processes of attraction, its evolutionary roots and modern day implications are studied, in an attempt to answer the question "what causes us to be attracted to someone"? Discussion In the search for an answer, one must begin at the beginning- that is, at the beginning of the human race. At this time, life was merely…show more content…
He hypothesized that if a female somehow became genetically programmed to be sexually attracted to males with a certain structure, one that would give those males some advantage at surviving, they would thereby gain an additional advantage because they would now transmit their genes to more offspring, who would in turn survive better and also be chosen by a female with such a preference, and so on and so on. In the second theory, proposed by Israeli zoologist Amotz Zahavi, the fact many structures functioning as body sexual signals are "so big or conspicuous that they constitute a health hazard to their owner, and also cost a lot of biosynthetic energy to grow. As a result, any creature surviving such a handicap is, in effect, boasting that they must have terrific genes in other respects" (Diamond, 2012). The final theory, "Advertising", is similar to Zahavi's theory, and was proposed by American zoologists Astrid Kodric- Brown and James Brown. It states that costly body structures (such as muscles and breasts) represent a honest advertisement of quality because an inferior animal could not afford the cost (Diamond, 2012 p.79). All three theories provide some insight as to why these preferences evolved. There are two main components to physical cues, faces and
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