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How to predict romantic attraction

You are quite astute to have noticed the difference between your stated preferences and actual preferences - most people don't. Yes, there has been a fair bit of research on prediction techniques and ...
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How is intelligence correlated to beauty?

The correlation between physical attractiveness and IQ is somewhere between insignificant and mildly positive, with a slightly higher correlation for men. The correlation between physical ...
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Do nice guys finish last?

The question of whether "nice guys finish last", also known as the nice guy stereotype, is often studied in an economic or resource-allocation context as a more general case. According to ...
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Freud's theory regarding child to parent attraction

Both are true, to my knowledge (in the sense that Freud did believe this). They relate to the Oedipus and Electra complexes, which are are core parts of classical Freudian theory. Children, through ...
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Is attraction between two people just physical, not neurological/psychological?

All attraction involves the brain. The brain is responsible for consciousness, perception, and motivation. Not all attraction is physical. In two structural theories of love with which I'm familiar, ...
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Is there any update on the hypothesis on primary emotions corresponding on "love"?

This hypothesis relies on a number of ideas that are difficult to defend in light of the past decade of emotion research. Most notably, there is almost no evidence of modular "emotion systems" in the ...
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How important is eye contact for attraction between a man and woman?

While eye contact is certainly important in social interaction I think you should beware pseudoscientific dating advice based on manufacturing "attraction" between men and women. Since this site is ...
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At what age are women perceived to be most attractive?

There's data in this reddit post that points to about 14 being the age girls are at their most attractive to men (exactly as biology predicts): Science AMA Series: We are Alan Sanders, Michael Bailey, ...
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What does the literature say about why women aren't attracted to nice guys?

This isn’t a literature answer but a qualitative clarification. “Nice guy” is a conflation between two distinctly-separate behavioral patterns: 1) Passively begging for approval points via virtue-...
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Is it normal for men in long term relationships to want to have sexual relationships with other women?

The issue here is 'normality' - normal is a shifting social construct, meaning that any answer concerning normal will be based ...
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What are the laws of female physical attractiveness?

There is an excellent paper at Evolutionary considerations of facial attraction which you may find useful. Neoteny is also a useful discussion. My off the cuff summary would be that humans do appear ...
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Does homosexuality correlate with narcissism or finding yourself attractive?

What you have here is a hypothesis and it's almost impossible to answer this conclusively because you can't design a randomized study but only look at correlations. In addition, "narcissism" itself ...
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Is pedophilia a sexual orientation or a mental disorder?

I'm just gonna point out that in the DSM-5 there's a new distinction (in general) between a paraphilia and a paraphilic disorder. While nothing else changed in the operational definition given in the ...
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Is there research into why people use piercings or tattoos for personal reasons?

This question is far too broad for this forum. In fact, entire books have been written on this topic. An extensive review by Wohlrab, Stahl, & Kappeler (2006) "Motivations for getting tattooed ...
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Attractiveness bias, based on political views

It is a negative/reverse halo effect, aka a horns (or devil) effect.
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At what age are women perceived to be most attractive?

Waist to hip ratio seems to be a strong indicator of mate choice, even more than facial beauty (which was alluded to above). Google scholar will point you to hundreds of articles concerning the ...
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What makes some criminals glamorous to others?

Glamorization of a criminal is no different than glamorization of a non-criminal, except for the added excitement of doing something wrong. Not that glamorizing something wrong is the impetus for the ...
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What are the laws of female physical attractiveness?

Attractiveness has shown to be related to symmetry. A study that used a computer to simulate perceptive systems showed that a visual system designed to recognize an object from multiple positions ...
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How has psychology categorised different types of love?

Sternberg's Triangular theory is certainly well-known. The field you want to dig into more is called 'close relationships'. Here's an accessible treatment of other common theories: Summary of ...

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