The 8 types of attraction between men and women
Because it's possible to be attracted to certain people without wanting to make out with them
If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “I like her, but I don’t like-like her”, or the dreaded “I like you…as a friend” then you’ll know that the word “attraction” is simply too broad for all the different ways we can be drawn to another person.
In an article from Psychology Today, Dr. Helen Reeder said that there are four types of attraction between men and women: friendship attraction, romantic attraction, subjective physical/sexual attraction, and objective physical/sexual attraction. In other words, it’s entirely possible to be attracted to your male or female BFF without necessarily wanting to climb that person like a tree.
But with all due respect to Dr. Reeder (who analysed hundreds of interview transcripts and surveys to devise these four categories), we think that her list could be slightly more comprehensive.
Read on to learn about the four different types of attraction, as well as the others we have noticed in relationships between men and women.
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