How Genetics Play into your “Type”

“He’s justttt not my type.”

We’ve all heard it before. We’ve all said it before. We’ve all had someone say it about us. “That person is just not my type.”

Fact- “Types” aren’t just a reflection of your opposite sexed parent, (For those of you who are unfamiliar with the theory, apparently we are attracted to those who favor our different-gendered parent, but that’s a whole different story). According to basic sexual psychology, people are attracted to certain characteristics based on their genetic makeup. Ever heard of the 1-10 scale, as in “He”s a 10″ or “Damn, she’s one hell of a 5?” Ranking people on a scale of 1-10 sounds pretty superficial. I mean come on, beauty is on the inside. This is true, except when it’s not. It’s a fact that people have a tendency to be attracted to the same number on the scale as they themselves are ranked. For example, a 3 could look at another 3 and think they are the sexiest thing walking on two legs. A 3 on the other hand could look at an 8 and see nothing special. See, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

Another fact is that people with opposite immune systems are attracted to each-other. What I mean is, people are attracted to those with different genes as themselves in relation to disease. This enables their young to have a wider variety of disease controlling gene variation- and thus, a better chance for survival. The goal of sex (from an evolutionary perspective) is to create healthy children to continue the generation. So, if you’re ever wondering why you have a chemical attraction to someone whose totally wrong for you, well it’s because of your genes. A good way to tell if someone is genetically good for you is first and foremost if you are attracted to them. Secondly, once you have a chance to get close, get a good whiff of their natural scent. If you find their natural scent intoxicating, then it means your genes do too.

Ah the world of genetics is dense and interwoven- Our genes have such an effect on our “Type” and most are unaware of it- But that’s what’s cool about genetics and love- it’s hard to tell where one starts and the other ends.

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