Starting from scratch in a relationship, there may be no real major issues that arise in our conversations or opinions, because we are busy finding sameness to build rapport because there is attraction. If one has a difference of opinion on politics or religion, these days we might find this refreshing and not an 'issue'. Are we going to ask the right questions when it comes to decisions and choices relating to partner choices? How do we build our relationships amongst issues? Are our issues really tied to values? Are our values the real things that matter when it comes to relationships?
The other interesting aspect of this whole topic is the area of Myths about psychology - where this may be in the myth category, but overiding that is the use of the words ('opposite' and 'issue') which is where NLP helps us to refine the meaning that we derive from words.
Let us take a look at the article: When it comes to love, we're ambivalent about "opposites attract". Christie Nicholson from http://www.scientificamerican.com reports.
Back in college astronomy class, I sat behind a guy who wore a T-shirt with this on the back: " The best thing about the opposite sex is just how opposite they are."
It’s not just a rule in physics. There’s a strong cultural expression: opposites attract. Think Harold and Maude, Pretty Woman, It Happened One Night—Hollywood has long known the lure of antitheses in love.
But real research busts this myth.
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Psychologists map out such evidence in a new book: 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry L. Beyerstein. Copyright © 2010 by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry L. Beyerstein.
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Psychologist Donn Byrne has found that we are twice as likely to be attracted to someone when we agree on six out of 10 issues than we are with someone who we only agree with on three out of 10 issues.
To be sure, the appeal of shared interests may be specific to long-term relationships.
A 2006 University of Pennsylvania study of speed dating found that daters said they wanted someone who had a similar background in education, religion, economic status and shared personality traits. Yet when they were in the midst of the one-minute date, they made choices based on more immediate cues like physical attraction. In the speed-dating environment—a bar surrounded by singles, under the pressure of a ticking clock—daters made choices based on short-term mating criteria that were more likely to lead to fast hook-ups, not necessarily long-lived love.
So if it’s the long haul you’re searching for, best look beyond the cute face and hot body, and see if you can carry the conversation beyond 60 seconds.
Christie Nicholson http://www.scientificamerican.com
From WebMD By Jean Lawrence,
It depends what you mean by "opposite." "I believe unresolved patterns attract," says Paul Cutright, author of You're Never Upset For The Reason You Think: The Cure For The Common Upset. Cutright, along with his wife Layne, run the Center for Enlightened Partnerships in Las Vegas.
"What most people call falling in love is really falling in pattern... Relationships are about getting our own needs met, often on an unconscious basis. In other words, we try to find someone who is complementary to us and can help us learn, heal, and grow."In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in July of 2003, researchers quizzed 978 heterosexual residents of Ithaca, N.Y., between the ages of 18 and 24. First, the participants rated the importance of 10 attributes of a long-term partner, and then rated themselves on the same scale. When the results were tallied, self-perception was more likely to match mate perception.
Cognitive processes underlying human mate choice: The relationship between self-perception and mate preference in Western society. Peter M. Buston and Stephen T. Emlen, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, Communicated by Thomas Eisner, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, May 28, 2003 (received for review March 14, 2003)
This study tested two hypotheses concerning the cognitive processes underlying human mate choice in Western society: (i) mate preference is conditional in that the selectivity of individuals' mate preference is based on their perception of themselves as long-term partners, and (ii) the decision rule governing such conditional mate preference is based on translating perception of oneself on a given attribute into a comparable selectivity of preference for the same attribute in a mate. Both hypotheses were supported. A two-part questionnaire was completed by 978 heterosexual residents of Ithaca, New York, aged 18–24; they first rated the importance they placed on 10 attributes in a long-term partner and then rated their perception of themselves on those same attributes. Both women and men who rated themselves highly were significantly more selective in their mate preference. When the 10 attributes were grouped into four evolutionarily relevant categories (indicative of wealth and status, family commitment, physical appearance, and sexual fidelity), the greatest amount of variation in the selectivity of mate preference in each category was explained by self-perception in the same category of attributes. We conclude that, in Western society, humans use neither an “opposites-attract” nor a “reproductive-potentials-attract” decision rule in their choice of long-term partners but rather a “likes-attract” rule based on a preference for partners who are similar to themselves across a number of characteristics.
This conclusion was: "In Western society, humans use neither an 'opposites-attract' nor a 'reproductive-potentials-attract' rule in their choice of long-term partners, but rather a 'likes-attract' rule based on a preference for partners who are similar to themselves across a number of characteristics."
Rapport building is not Opposite or SamenessIt would be too general to say that Rapport is doing the opposite or the same and that atrraction is related to either. They are different aspects of the relationship in question. Dictionaries describe rapport as affinity, agreement, bond, compatibility, concord, empathy, good vibes, good vibrations, groove, harmony, hitting it off, interrelationship, link, relationship, same wavelength, simpatico, soul, sympathy, the groove, togetherness, unity. In NLP terms we would describe rapport as
Influences from Movies and Music
Are we influenced by movies and the unconscious attention we may or may not have to music? I think we are influenced, but we also may have a different belief. When we reference conventional wisdom (movies/music/tv) on the subject, we might find ourselves in a dilemna because they are selling entertainment, not guidance or wisdom. The words by Oliver Leiber of the song "Opposites Attract"recorded by Paula Abdul "She likes it neat, And he makes a mess" may not work out in real life. "Opposites Attract" is a song recorded by Paula Abdul, featured on her debut album Forever Your Girl. It was written and produced by Oliver Leiber, who came up with the title after browsing a bookstore.
Opposites Attract Lyrics, by Artist: Paula Abdul
We come together
Cuz opposites attract
And you know-it ain't fiction
Just a natural fact
We come together
Cuz opposites attract
Who'd a thought we could be lovers
She makes the bed
And steals the covers
She likes it neat
And he makes a mess
I take it easy
Top 10 Opposites Attract Movies from About.com for more on the lighter side of the question of do Opposites Attract?.
In the romantic comedy ''Along Came Polly,'' control freak Reuben (Ben Stiller) meets free spirit Polly (Jennifer Aniston)
So it does depend on what we really mean by "opposite", and opposite on what level? Are we going to ask the right questions when it comes to decisions like this? As Psychologist Donn Byrne said, we are twice as likely to be attracted to someone when we agree on six out of 10 issues than we are with someone who we only agree with on three out of 10 issues. This would get down to what we consider to be an 'issue'.
Starting from scratch in a relationship, there may be no real major issues that arise in our conversations or opinions, because we are busy finding sameness to build rapport because there is attraction. If one has a difference of opinion on politics or religion, these days we might find this refreshing and not an 'issue'. The old metaphor of the river that looks fine while the water is flowing, but when the river starts to dry, the river reveals the boulders that might be laying on the bed, and these might be the 'issues'.
Donn Byrne's comments were about attraction, not sustainability or long term relationships. How do we build our relationships amongst issues? Are our issues really tied to values? Are our values the real things that matter when it comes to relationships? That will be the topic for another article.