Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Our mates look like mum and dad

I find this real creepy. A study has found that men like women who resemble their mothers, and women like men who look like their fathers! Note to self: Must always find girlfriends who don't look like mummy. From Live Science:
Scientists in Hungary investigated 52 university students and their parents. They also looked at the significant others of the volunteers and the parents of these significant others, for 312 faces total.

The computer analysis of the volunteers' faces revealed that women often resembled their male partner's mother, a finding echoing psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud's legendary "Oedipus complex." This proved especially true when it came to aspects of the lower face, such as lips and jaws.

"Freud may be right in that a strong emotional relationship between mother and son have a strong effect on later life," said researcher Tamas Bereczkei, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Pécs in Hungary.

There were also significant resemblances between men and their female partner's father, echoing the "Electra complex." This was especially true when it came to proportions of the center of the face, such as how far apart the eyes were or the size of the nose.

2 comments:

Shy said...

I don't look like your dearest mummy IZ ;o)

Myra Leong said...

And me too!!!

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