Why Are We Attracted to Certain People and Not Others? Your Nose Decides - Chemistry Is More Important Than You Thought
Here is a good reason not to have an arranged marriage. Whoever arranges your marriage for you cannot make the most important decision satisfactorily, because their nose is not your nose. It is ultimately your nose that decides who you will be sexually attracted to. Your nose that will get you the best mate to assist you in producing offspring. Why does it matter? Read and learn . . .
Evolutionary psychologists study why humans behave the way they do in the context of evolution. Are humans still behaving much as they have from ‘the beginning’ without realizing it? Are certain behaviors and instincts hard wired in our brains the same as with other species? It would seem that when it comes to choosing a mate, that we are behaving pretty much the same as humans have behaved from the very beginning of our existence.
The Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment
Back in 1995 a biological researcher and zoologist, in Switzerland named Claus Wedekind did a study to find out what part, if any, pheromones (chemical signals) play in human mating. Results were very interesting.
First of all, male participants were asked to wear a clean new T-shirt for 48 hours straight, no shower, no cologne, no aftershave, no deoderant, no scented soap, etc., until they turned their T-shirts in to the research lab. They were not to add anything, or subtract anything, to there physical person that would alter their natural body scent. After the 48 hours were up and they turned the T-shirt in to Dr. Wedekind, the T-shirt was placed in a sealed container with only a code to identify who had worn the T-shirt.
Prior to actually wearing the T-shirt, the men participating in this experiment had agreed to have genetic testing to determine what if any diseases they were genetically predisposed to develop under certain circumstances, and what if any diseases they were unlikely to be predisposed to develop.
After the genetic tests, the wearing of the T-shirts, and placing the T-shirts in containers, a group of women were asked to smell the shirts inside the containers through sniff holes, one container/T-shirt at a time. The women were asked to describe each T-shirt according to its smell intensity, sexual attraction, and how much they liked the smell overall.
The women also had genetic tests before participating in the study. It turned out that women who were not on birth control pills were most attracted to the T-shirts worn by men whose genetic predispositions to various diseases was different from their own. Women taking birth control pills were more attracted to the T-shirts worn by men whose genetic predisposition to various diseases was the same as their own.
To better understand how this experiment was conducted, watch this explanation by Sir Robert Winston on video.
Your Nose Knows
Apparently our nose knows which mates will be most likely to assist us in producing offspring that will be physically more hardy than ourselves. For example, if we are predisposed to develop cancer, we will choose a mate that will cancel that predisposition out, if their gene that stifles cancer is passed on to the offspring.
Our olfactory system will determine which prospective mates will most strengthen any offspring we have and that will in turn determine who we are sexually attracted to!
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Someone predisposed to cancer will find himself or herself attracted to a person who is not predisposed to cancer, because their nose can smell that the other person is not predisposed to cancer. Yes, that is what this study discovered to be true.
A person who is predisposed to heart disease may be attracted to a person who is not predisposed to heart disease. If the two people, the one most immune to cancer and the one most immune to heart disease, mate and then pass their genes regarding these diseases on to their offspring, then their offspring will have a built in deterrence against both of these major diseases.
Of course there are many different diseases, mental disorders, and birth defects besides heart disease and cancer that can be genetic. Trusting our gut feelings may make more sense than we thought. Many people try to ignore their ‘intuition’ in favor of hard facts and considerations, but perhaps they need to give more weight to how much they are attracted to a possible mate in order to benefit their offspring.
Our Subconscious Mind Has More Control Than We Thought
Being attracted to people who have immune system strengths that we do not ourselves have, is controlled by our subconscious brain through our nose, or olfactory system. All the time we thought it was appearance and personality that created that “chemistry” we have with certain other members of the opposite sex, but it turns out it is all in the nose!
Let me remind you that women who were taking birth control pills had just the opposite results. Apparently using birth control pills prevents the human olfactory system from operating the way it was intended to do. Women who want to take advantage of this natural phenomenon of being able to identify people with immune system strengths they do not themselves possess in order to produce stronger, hardier offspring than themselves or their mate, may want to think about using a different birth control method than the pill.
All the time you thought it was a gorgeous smile and a charming personality that had you hooked, and really, it was their smell!
© 2012 C E Clark
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