Gizmo Guy has the same birthday as my father. When I discovered that shortly after we’d started dating, I nearly dumped him. Seriously.

As you’ve gathered from other rants I’ve done on my blog, my father and I are not at all close. So you can imagine my discomfort to read this article saying that couples are attracted to partners who remind them of their parents. *shudder*

Men tend to wind up with life partners who look like their mother, while a woman is lured to a partner who looks like her father, scientists reported on Wednesday.


And worse? Gizmo Guy was supposed to be attracted to me because I resembled his mother? Eeeeewww!

A man’s lover and his mother tended to have similar fullness in the lips, width of mouth, as well as length and width of jaw.

But for women, the critical features were the distance between mouth and brow, the height of the face, distance between the eyes and the size of a man’s nose.

Do you think your husband/significant other resembles your parent? Do you resemble your in-law? Any other similarities? I’m not talking about incestuous relationships here, but do you feel a little squicked to think scientists believe you chose your partner influenced by your parents’ looks?

Leave a comment, and I’ll get back to you later. Because I have to go take a shower now – and try to scrub that image out of my brain.

Leah walks away muttering, “Gizmo Guy is SO not like the Grinch in any way. They’re completely different.”

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5 thoughts on “Eeeeuw

  • September 4, 2008 at 11:04 am

    No my DH looks nothing like my father. Not at all. They have no similarities. NONE. And I’m not saying that to be all like in denial. I am very close to my father, and have a great relationship with him.

    I do not look like my MIL, nothing similar there either. Unless you count the chin hair I got the other day. LOL! Just kidding. We must be an anomaly to THOSE scientists.

  • September 4, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I’m raising my hand in for the anomoly group.
    My mil and I couldn’t be further apart in looks and personality and my DH is planets-apart from either my father or step-father.

    So there, scientists *rasberry*

  • September 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Absolutely not! No way, no how!!

    I look and act nothing like Hubby’s mother. Truly, she looks like a female Jack Palance. FIL said that once before I met her and I started to go off, but hubby (then just boyfriend) said, no he’s right. She does look like that.

    My hubby looks and acts NOTHING like my ‘supposed’ father. I married a large framed Nordic looking man. My ‘supposed’ (He’s called that for more than a few reasons) father is half Romanian. (Disclaimer – being part Romanian has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with why he is so awful.)

    Can you tell I have a few issues there? πŸ™‚ Scientist don’t know everything. My question is how much money did they spend on this research?

  • September 5, 2008 at 9:40 am

    well. You know what I think of my FiL. 1) if my DH would be more like him in attitude, life would be *much* easier in many ways and 2) if DH ages (physically) as well as his father, we’re set for a great many more years. πŸ˜‰

    OTOH – you know what I think of my MiL as well and the whole thought that I might be anything like her, of course, does not bode well.

  • September 6, 2008 at 10:44 am

    OMG, CFM’s mother was redheaded. And my father used to sit in the recliner and watch TV so much we accused him of having square pupils after his cataract surgery.

    This is not cheering me up, Leah.

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