Do women really marry their fathers? I don’t mean literally, of course. I mean, do women typically marry the type of guy whose qualities mirror that of their dad’s? Let’s explore.
CNN did a report and cited psychotherapist Elayne Savage of Berkeley, California with an explanation:
When you grow up familiar with a certain type of person, you’re attracted to that same type of person because it feels comfortable, whether you like it or not. That’s what people mean when they meet a potential partner and say, ‘It ‘feels like I’ve known him my whole life.’
There’s also studies that show people marry those with a slight physical resemblance to their parents:
A Hungarian researcher studied the facial features of 52 families and found a significant correlation between the appearance of men and their fathers-in-law and those of women and their mothers-in-law.
And there’s all sorts of anecdotal evidence. Let’s use Jacqueline Bouvier-Kennedy as an example. We all know she married John F. Kennedy, a charismatic and enigmatic man. Her father, John Vernou Bouvier III, was known as “Black Jack” because of his “omnipresent dark tan” and “flamboyant lifestyle” (Wikipedia) — sound familiar? He was never President of the United States, but he had his own fast-paced, stressful job: a Wall Street stockbroker. My point is, the man wasn’t a slacker.
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