“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.