There are times when someone with a quality that is very much the opposite of ourselves may fascinate us.
Maybe you're very cautious and conservative and are excited by someone who is spontaneous and unconventional.
There is no shortage of dating advice out there, doled out in self-help books and magazines, and from friends and family.
Some of this advice can be quite helpful, but much of it is mistaken and based on personal experiences and opinions, rather than actual research about relationships.
In fact, a relationship free of emotional intimacy is what people with avoidant attachment styles desire — that is, an intimacy-free courtship will appeal to an intimacy-avoidant person. Opposites attract, so try to find someone really different than you. However, it is much more often the case that birds of a feather flock together.
They also tend to have fewer conflicts, making for smoother relationships.
In a series of studies, Paul Eastwick and colleagues tracked people's memories of various relationship experiences across the entire course of their relationships, both short-term and long-term. It was only later on that the researchers saw differences between relationships that lasted and relationships that eventually fizzled. Research shows that many people believe they have experienced it.
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It's true that first impressions matter and that you should generally be on good behavior on your early dates. For example, the authors of The Rules advise women to hide some personal information from a boyfriend for the first few months, until they are sure he is madly in love with them, in case any of these personal revelations could turn him off and cause him to leave.
But waiting months to share personal information with a romantic partner is a recipe for a shallow relationship, and mutual sharing of personal information is one of the key building blocks of intimacy.
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If you keep everything light, you will never develop emotional intimacy with each other.