Ev­ery­thing old is new in love

The West Australian - - NEWS -

Those who are look­ing for love do have a par­tic­u­lar “type”, re­search sug­gests.

A study found that while peo­ple go­ing through a break-up may try dat­ing some­one with a dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity, most would end up with some­one sim­i­lar to their pre­vi­ous part­ner.

The find­ings could be used to cre­ate a “match­ing” equa­tion or im­prove education around re­la­tion­ships.

Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Toronto in Canada mon­i­tored the lives of a group of peo­ple in Ger­many from 2008.

Ev­ery time the par­tic­i­pants en­tered a new re­la­tion­ship, the per­son­al­ity traits of their lat­est part­ner were as­sessed.

The find­ings, pub­lished in the jour­nal PNAS, showed the new part­ners de­scribed them­selves in ways that were sim­i­lar to the terms used by former part­ners.

Only those who were ex­tro­vert or open to ex­pe­ri­ences were likely to date some­one a bit dif­fer­ent.

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