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#1 Harvey

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:37 AM

Just like Dr Hook warned in their 1979 hit, When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman, research has revealed that relationships in which the woman is more attractive than the man may be doomed to failure.

However, having a handsome husband or boyfriend is no barrier to the couple's success, according to the study.

The phenomenon was spotted by British researchers who were studying whether it is true that we tend to pair up with those who are similarly attractive to ourselves.

Their findings could help explain why Angelina Jolie's marriages to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton barely lasted three years a piece.

In contrast, her relationship with Brad Pitt, one of the world's most handsome celebrities, has already lasted six years, suggesting she has found her match.

The Stirling, Chester and Liverpool university researchers took photos of the men and women in more than 100 couples. Some had been together for just a few months, others for several years. The individual men and women were then rated on their looks.

The analysis revealed having an attractive husband or boyfriend was no barrier to a relationship succeeding. But, if it was the woman who was the one blessed with good looks, the relationships tended to last only a matter of months, the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reports.

Researcher Rob Burriss said: "This would indicate it is the woman who is in control of whether the relationship continues.

Beautiful women may realize they can afford to pick and choose, he suggests. They may also have the confidence to leave behind relationships that have run their course."

"Attractive women might generally prefer short-term relationships. They're better placed to move on."

It is also possible the relationships end due to jealous behavior from the woman's less photogenic partner.

Conversely, the less attractive women "may have to make do with what they have, hence the longer relationships", he said.

The study also found we tend to pair up with people whose facial features have a similar level of symmetry - a sign of beauty - to our own.

Dr Burriss said: "Are all men trying to go out with Anne Hathaway or Angelina Jolie, or do you really want to be with someone at the same level of attractiveness as yourself? These findings suggest our ideal partner is one on our own kind of level."

Edited by bioforum, 18 March 2011 - 11:09 AM.


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Posted 18 March 2011 - 10:40 AM

Personally, I find Bratt Pitt ugly :P . Beauty is too subjective to make such a study in my oppinion.
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 11:14 AM

hmmmm....now, do you think a raving beauty would leave them? :lol:


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ps...and david, please reduce the font size...I had an eye strain reading your post....ooops..thanks bioforum, the great panda...:D

Edited by casandra, 18 March 2011 - 11:20 AM.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 11:33 AM

But we all know: The inner values count...i.e. don't judge a book by its cover... ;)
And Jolie is ugly too (and a very average actress) :P

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

That is....if she posts at all.


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Posted 18 March 2011 - 12:32 PM

But we all know: The inner values count...i.e. don't judge a book by its cover... ;)
And Jolie is ugly too (and a very average actress) :P

ok, dr H..put your money where your mouth is and post a photo of a beautiful woman (accdg to you)...
and inner values count? yeah, right.....:D
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 12:54 PM


But we all know: The inner values count...i.e. don't judge a book by its cover... ;)
And Jolie is ugly too (and a very average actress) :P

ok, dr H..put your money where your mouth is and post a photo of a beautiful woman (accdg to you)...
and inner values count? yeah, right.....:D

why? I support maddie's view that is subjective and for me that Jolie is ugly... :P

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

That is....if she posts at all.


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Posted 18 March 2011 - 12:55 PM

I know that this is beauty for you: the neurotic type....:lol:..

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 01:01 PM

the neurotic type? In other words: you.... :lol:
But the borg implants are a bit disturbing.... ;)

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

That is....if she posts at all.


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Posted 18 March 2011 - 01:08 PM

the neurotic type? In other words: you.... :lol:
But the borg implants are a bit disturbing.... ;)

oh yeah..that's almost me- complete with the red eyes, down feathers and perfect pirouette...:D...c'mon post a photo of a beauty, dr H...or shld I call you now dr bokbokbok....:lol:...
"Oh what a beauteousness!"
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 12:13 PM



But we all know: The inner values count...i.e. don't judge a book by its cover... ;)
And Jolie is ugly too (and a very average actress) :P

ok, dr H..put your money where your mouth is and post a photo of a beautiful woman (accdg to you)...
and inner values count? yeah, right.....:D

why? I support maddie's view that is subjective and for me that Jolie is ugly... :P


Which would then support the study :P .
Can't find beautiful men married with ugly women <_<
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:44 AM




But we all know: The inner values count...i.e. don't judge a book by its cover... ;)
And Jolie is ugly too (and a very average actress) :P

ok, dr H..put your money where your mouth is and post a photo of a beautiful woman (accdg to you)...
and inner values count? yeah, right.....:D

why? I support maddie's view that is subjective and for me that Jolie is ugly... :P


Which would then support the study :P .
Can't find beautiful men married with ugly women <_<


Because they are not married?:D

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:59 AM



why? I support maddie's view that is subjective and for me that Jolie is ugly... :P


Which would then support the study :P .
Can't find beautiful men married with ugly women <_<


Because they are not married?:D

or the other obvious explanation...they are gay....and are hooked up with either ugly or beautiful guys....who makes such studies...they shld be hunted down...:lol:...
"Oh what a beauteousness!"
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