Attraction Articles

Attraction is the magnetic power that happens when people are sexually or romantic drawn to one another. There are many kinds of attraction including physical, intellectual, and sexual. There are even chemicals called Pheromones that are secreted by our bodies that attract people through smell.

Here you will find articles that can help you understand how attraction impacts relationships. You’ll get a better understanding of how and why one person is attracted to another. What one person finds attractive can be different from another person’s perception of beauty. Learn more about how attraction can profoundly influence relationships.

What Is The Split Attraction Model?

While it may feel like a simple and basic urge, the attraction is comprised of many elements. First, there are two different kinds of attraction: romantic and sexual. While...

Mind Over Matter: Why You’re Attracted To Intelligence

What is the first thing you’re attracted to when you meet someone? Some people are interested in physical features, like beautiful eyes or a toned, muscular body. Others are...

The Science Behind Pheromones Attraction

Have you ever been attracted to someone as soon as you meet them, but you do not know why? Maybe they are just average looking, they are not wearing fancy clothes or showing off...

How To Read Someone's Body Language Attraction To You

Dating is hard. Knowing who to ask out on a date, who would be receptive to you, and who is attracted to you can feel difficult to determine. Having anxiety and being nervous...

What Is Genetic Sexual Attraction And Is It Real?

Genetic sexual attraction is a term used to describe adults who meet for the first time and are attracted to each other, but who are related to each other by blood. For instance...

Using Eye Contact Attraction To Build A Relationship

Are you looking for that one secret weapon that will help you form and maintain a relationship easily? Well, there’s no secret weapon, but there is one thing that can make a...

Signs Of Attraction: How Do I Know If They Like Me?

Imagine this: you are at a party, and you spot someone who is very attractive to you. You walk up to them, and you start a conversation. You’re very interested in getting to...

What Are Different Types Of Attraction?

When we talk about attraction, many people immediately jump to the conclusion of sexual attraction. It’s the one we hear the most about, after all, and so we assume that...

Medically Reviewed By: Aaron Horn, LMFT, MA

Attraction can be hard to understand, but each of these sections will discuss different parts of attraction, and why they are important. 

Source: rawpixel.com

The Split Attraction Model 

Sexual and romantic attraction don’t necessarily need to be together. Sometimes, you may experience split attraction. You may be sexually attracted to someone, but you don’t experience any romance for them. You may be romantically attracted, but your sexual attraction is nonexistent. 

In recent years, we have begun to understand that attraction is a lot more complex than we originally thought. We now understand that gender identity and sexual identity are two very different things. We have expanded our view of sexual identity to include people who are heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and more. In today’s dating world, it can be a little complex and confusing. Attraction is a lot more complicated than you think. 

Intelligence Attraction

Some people are attracted to intelligence. They say that intelligence is sexy, and there is a term for it. That term is sapiosexual. These people are attracted to those they believe are intelligent. 

There are many justifiable reasons for intelligence being an attraction point. Some people are attracted to intelligence because they believe that it will lead to a strong relationship and maybe a successful future family. Others are attracted to intelligence because it is a lasting trait, and while looks may fade with time, wisdom continues to grow.

Of course, intelligence is subjective. Some people like those who are book smart, and others like those who are street smart. Some people may be attracted to one’s intelligence in a particular subject, and may not necessarily be attracted to the rest of what they know. 

Pheromones 

Pheromones are quite an intriguing concept. You may have heard of a perfume that is laced with pheromones that makes you attractive to other people. Is it true? 

The body does naturally produce pheromones and other hormones that can attract someone. However, there is little scientific support for pheromone-based perfumes. If you are interested in attracting someone, you might need to work a little harder. It’s probably not as easy as ordering a new fragrance or cologne.

There are however ways to increase your pheromones naturally. Exercise causes your body to give off pheromones. Just make sure not to wait too long, you just may end up stinking! 

Body Language

Attraction is not always communicated verbally. After all most of our communication is non-verbal. Your body language can tell others how you feel about them, how confident you are, and even how successful you might be. You may wonder if you can read someone else’s body language and determine whether they are attracted to you. 

Source: rawpixel.com

Absolutely! Someone who is attracted to you will turn towards you in a conversation, look into your eyes and smile at you. They may even slide in closer to you. That’s an obvious one, but there are others that are a little less obvious. 

Like crossing your arms. That could mean many things. Someone may just be relaxing, or they might feel like crossing their arms is protective, or they may be disinteresting. Sometimes, a vague body language gesture can be clarified with a few more context clues. 

Eye Contact

Eye contact is a tricky subject in the world of attraction. In some eastern cultures, staring into someone’s eyes is rude. In western culture, eye contact is a sign of trust. You look into someone’s eyes to convey that you trust them or are attracted to them. Meanwhile, if someone is looking away, this may mean disinterest or distrust. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul for that reason.

However, eye contact is more complex than just that. What if they keep looking away? What if a person has autism or another condition that makes them feel uncomfortable with eye contact? Just because a person doesn’t have good eye contact doesn’t mean they aren't attracted to you. 

The Signs of Attraction

One important aspect of attraction is knowing whether someone is attracted to you. Few people are direct enough tell you whether or not they like you. Many people have a difficult time reading body language are looking for the more subtle hints of attraction. 

While everyone shows attraction differently, there are a few signs that are universal. For people with a strong personality, they tend to give solid eye contact along with a smile. For other people, it may be laughing at what you say. Knowing the sings of attraction can help you decide whether or not the relationship is worth pursuing. 

Source: rawpixel.com

Understanding these signs is important, because as a person, everyone is different, and it can save you from potentially embarrassing situations. 

Attraction Types

When you think of attraction, you may imagine attraction based on lust or romance. However, there are a few attraction types you may be unaware of. For example, have you ever heard of aesthetic attraction? This is when you notice that someone looks good, but you aren’t necessarily attracted to them sexually or romantically. 

Humans can feel many different types of attraction. Because of this, it can be hard to distinguish which one you or someone else is experiencing. It also may make you wonder if you like the person sexually, romantically, or emotionally. These articles can help you figure out the different types of personal attraction, and why it matters. 

Attraction is a beautiful thing, and you can learn a lot about it here.

For Additional Help & Support With Your Concerns
Speak with a Licensed Counselor Today
The information on this page is not intended to be a substitution for diagnosis, treatment, or informed professional advice. You should not take any action or avoid taking any action without consulting with a qualified mental health professional. For more information, please read our terms of use.