What makes one human attracted to another? Why, when we’re
attracted to someone do we do such crazy things? And why do we sometimes seem to have a
certain ‘type’, falling for the same set of looks and characteristics over and
These are some of the questions humans have always sought to understand about crushes, love and relationships. And while there are countless articles, books and academic journals that claim to understand the key to human attraction, one scientist has bravely come out and said that the truth is, it’s all as much a mystery as it’s ever been!
In a BBC analysis of why we’re attracted to certain ‘types’, the aptly named Dr Hart, a psychology professor at the University of Southampton, admits: ‘It’s an interesting time – we know some things but we actually know a lot less than we did about ten years ago.’
She’s referring to some studies, published in 2014 and 2018, which found that there was no link between facial symmetry and poor health. Perfectly symmetrical faces have always been held up as a beauty ideal, and prior to these studies, scientists had claimed that this was because we’ve evolved to assume that symmetry was linked to reproduction. And therefore the reason we may be more attracted to symmetrical faces, to classify such faces as more beautiful than others, is because unconsciously we regard them as more essential to the future of the human race.
So if you find your heart racing at the thought of that work colleague, or you catch yourself day dreaming about a certain someone, instead of looking to science for answers, maybe just accept it as one of life’s truly wonderful mysteries.