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People are drawn to others who resemble their kin or themselves

People are drawn to others who resemble their kin or themselves People are drawn to others who resemble their kin or themselves
Source : Aldous Massie via Behance
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Evolutionary psychological theories assume that sexual aversions toward kin are triggered by a nonconscious mechanism that estimates the genetic relatedness between self and other, [but] an alternative perspective assumes that incest avoidance arises from consciously acknowledged taboos and that when awareness of the relationship between self and other is bypassed, people find individuals who resemble their kin more sexually appealing.

Three experiments demonstrate that people find others more sexually attractive, if they have just been subliminally exposed to an image of their opposite-sex parent or if the face being rated is a composite image based on the self.

This finding is reversed when people are aware of the implied genetic relationship.

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