Dating men like your dad
This extends to socioeconomic status, race, education, religion, and more.There is more recent research that does back up the physical attraction theory.
This is a process in which preferences for a desirable mate are learned through early interactions during childhood. Merrill cites the Westermark Effect as evidence of "reverse sexual imprinting, presumably to avoid incestuous pairings." This is an effect where living together with someone during the critical period of zero to six years old will result in "[Sexual imprinting] may be driven by the mere exposure effect, which states we develop a preference for something through having it be familiar and presented often," says Merrill.
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Whether you learned it in Psych 101 or you heard it referenced jokingly on a TV sitcom, the idea that you may be more attracted to guys who look like your dad is not a new one.
The concept stems from Sigmund Freud's Oedipus complex, coined in 1899 and named for the mythical Greek king who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother.
So this "attraction" could more accurately be called trust.