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06-13-07, 04:00 PM #1
Study proves girls more likely to marry man who reminds them of their dad
Girls who enjoy a good early relationship with their father are more likely to choose boyfriends and husbands who look like them, new research suggests.
Celebrity chef Zoe Ball, daugther of Johnny Ball [inset] and her husband Norman Cook
The findings are from a scientific study into what attracts a woman to a man's face when looking for Mr Right.
They are borne out in the cases Nigella Lawson, the celebrity chef, Zoe Ball, the radio presenter and Kim Wilde, the 1980s pop singer daughter of the 1950s pop idol father Marty Wilde who married the actor Hal Fowler. Psychologists at Durham University found close correlations between the facial features of Miss Lawson's father Nigel, the former chancellor of the exchequer, and her husband Charles Saatchi.
A similar pattern emerged in the central facial area, including nose, chin and eyes, of Ball's father Johnny and her husband Norman Cook, the DJ and musician known as Fatboy Slim.
The study by a team from Durham and two Polish academic institutions investigated evidence of "parental sexual imprinting" and used a sample of 49 eldest daughters aged 15 to 34.
Nigella Lawson, with Nigel Lawson and (insert) Charles Saatchi
Each was asked to select what she found the most attractive from photographs of 15 distinctive male faces that were tightly cropped to exclude ears, hair, neck, shoulders and clothing.
Facial measurements from the men were taken and compared with those of the women's father's measurements.
The daughters were also asked to rate their paternal relationships from birth to the age of seven, including how much their father engaged in bringing them up, how much leisure time he spent with them and the level of emotional investment from him.
Women who rated their childhood relationships highly were found to be more attracted to features similar to those or their father.
Kim Wilde with Hal Fowler and (insert) Marty Wilde
Those who regarded their fathers less favourably were more inclined to be turned off by similarities.
Dr Lynda Boothroyd, of Durham's department of psychology, said: "If fathers think that they look like the son-in-law they should take it as a compliment. These controlled results show for certain that the quality of a daughter's relationship with her father has an impact on whom she finds attractive.
"It shows our human brains don't simply build up prototypes of the ideal face based on those we see around us, rather they build them based on those to whom we have a strongly positive relationship."
People are known to be attracted through shared social and cultural attitudes which include physical elements such as clothes and haircuts.
Dr Boothroyd believes that the latest study, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council and The Royal Society, gives further insight into the complex issue of attraction in humans.
The report is due to be published in next month's issue of Evolution and Human Behaviour.
06-13-07, 05:31 PM #2
I thought freud has been telling us that for some time now.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
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06-13-07, 05:38 PM #3
Uh oh, am I in trouble? I don't look like Ambers dad. Our personalities are kinda alike though.
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