People look for the same personality types again and again, in romantic relationships.
The University of Toronto conducted a research study in order to see whether we are drawn to the same type of person.
- In the study, romantic partners were asked to complete a personality questionnaire based on the five factor of personality: Openess to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.
- The fact that the study focused on the partners' self-assessment lends it more credibility than other studies in the field.
- It was indeed found that people are drawn to the same personality types again and again.
"It's common that when a relationship ends, people attribute the breakup to their ex-partner's personality and decide they need to date a different type of person. Our research suggests there's a strong tendency to nevertheless continue to date a similar personality." - Yoobin Park, lead author.
"The degree of consistency from one relationship to the next suggests that people may indeed have a 'type', and though our data do not make clear why people's partners exhibit similar personalities, it is noteworthy that we found partner similarity above and beyond similarity to oneself." - Geoff MacDonald co-author.