Saturday, October 27, 2007

Appendix B: Matching Hypothesis

We tend to like those similar to ourselves: in physical appearance, social background, personality, socioeconomic status, interests and leisure activities.

We are more likely to be attracted to, and stay attracted to, those who match us in many domains (Joiner, 1994).

An example of a matched couple and mismatched couple follow.

Matched Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi- Similar age, physical appearance, race, interests (tennis).

Mismatched- Heidi Klum and Seal- Very different attractiveness levels (Heidi is a Victoria Secret Model), different race, 10 years age difference.

Joiner, T.E. Jr. (1994). The interplay of similarity and self-verification in relationship formation. Social Behavior and Personality, 22, 195-200.


Danrock said...

Enjoy reading your blog Rebekah!

As for Heidi Klum and Seal, I have to disagree with you on this one. Although at first sight they seem so different, they DO PERFECTLY MATCH in terms of facial features.

Race or hair color is irrelevant. Look closely at the facial features, at their shape and proportions: notice the same shape of the their eyebrows, noses, mouths, and in particular the same mutual proportions of various elements of their round faces.

Heidi and Seal even smile in the same way!

Suzi Malin explains it very well in her book "Love At First Sight".

The theory presented in my own ebook is also somehow in line with this notion - what matters are facial features. If you are interested I could send you a free copy for a review: "The No Such Couple Paradox"

Joseph Danrock

ebook's official website:

Danrock said...

PS: Agassi and Graf also share the same proportions of facial features.