10 Interesting Psychology Facts on Male Attraction

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10 Interesting Psychology Facts on Male Attraction

Some Male Attraction Facts

Psychology facts on male attraction

This article contains psychological information and facts about male attraction in heterosexual relationships. Like all psychological findings, they represent generalizations and do not reflect everyone. Different people are attracted to different things.


1. You are more attracted to women who possess bone structure that resembles that of your mothers.

Biology? Sexual imprinting is the process by which a young animal learns the characteristics of a desirable mate. For example, male zebra finches appear to prefer mates with the appearance of the female bird that rears them, rather than that of the birth parent when they are different.

Ducklings imprint the first thing they see. Sigmund Freud believes that we fall for those who resemble our parents. Is he right?

2. If you meet a woman while in a dangerous situation, you will be more likely to fall in love with her than if you were to meet in a mundane setting.
Biology? Traumatic bonding from hostage situations, or just adrenaline rushes/SNS activation (fight or flight response) from extreme sports– it intensifies everything, even those fuzzy feelings of attraction.

In the Capilano suspension bridge study, it was found that those who had to cross the high and unsteady bridge were more likely to ask the researcher confederate for her phone number than the males who walked the steady and low bridge. Misattribution of arousal anyone?

3. You think younger women are more attractive than older ones.

Evolution? Human females are only able to reproduce for a limited amount of time.

4. You are attracted to an hourglass figure the most– slender waists between large hips and breasts.

Evolution? These features correlate with reproductive ability.

5. You are attracted to women with higher levels of oestrogen.

Evolution? This hormone slows down bone growth in the lower face, chin, and brow– making her shorter, smaller, and have more prominent/bigger eyes.  These features help advertise reproductive health (and femininity!)

6. Speaking of femininity– you are more attracted to women with a more “feminine” face.

Evolution? Small chin, large eyes, high cheekbones, full lips– all these things indicate high fertility, youthfulness, and reproductive fitness.

7. You like big butts and you cannot lie.

Biology? Fat storage in the hip/buttock area is a marker of genetic quality, as well as an indicator for efficient metabolism and hormonal balance. Fat storage in the abdominal/belly area, on the other hand, indicates inefficient metabolism and hormonal processes.

8. You find women with longer, thicker hair more attractive.

Biology? Hair colour, volume, and lustre are indicators of health and age. Younger women’s hair is higher quality than older women’s hair, and with youth follow reproductive health, high fertility, etc.

9. Looks do matter.

Evolution? More than 100,000 individuals from over 37 differing cultures rated physical attractiveness in a woman as the most (or almost the most) important item on the list of mating preferences in an experiment conducted in 2011 by evolutionary psychologist Dr. David Buss.

Different culture have different standards of beauty, but on average, there’s a consensus on what’s considered beautiful. Eg. face symmetry, big eyes etc.

10. Your sexual attraction towards women that cry often will sharply decrease over time.

Biology? Something in human tears (possibly a yet to be identified human pheromone with chemo-signaling effects) lowers levels of testosterone and sexual arousal in men, and over time, causes males to view females as less sexually attractive than when they are not exposed to tears.

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