We often hear that opposites attract, there's even a Paula Abdul song about it. However, a new study out of Rutgers University says, not so fast.
Researchers studied more than 28,000 people and believe it's all about your brain chemistry. They found that a specific balance of chemicals shape our personalities and actually makes us who we are and affects who we are drawn to romantically. Therefore, for some of us, that may mean someone like us; for others, our opposite.
For example, the study found that impulsive, easily-bored individuals (those with active dopamine-driven systems) prefer their own type. Also, social, conscientious, religious types (serotonin feedback people) also tend to be drawn to people more like themselves.
However, competitive and analytical people tend to be drawn to more nurturing mates. In science speak: highly testosterone dominant people prefer those with high levels of estrogen and oxytocin, and vice versa.
What keeps people together in a relationship? Study author Helen Fisher says, "The simple ability to overlook everything you cannot stand in someone."