Love relationships: Opposites do not really attract

  • Jessica Klein
  • BBC Worklife

Two weddings in the Catholic Cathedral of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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One has long lived with the saying that “opposites attract”.

They say the introvert will fall in love with the extrovert, or the bad boy of the best student. It is a belief that has been rooted in popular culture for a long time.

While for many this is a truth they readily accept and even give examples from their own lives, various researchers have rejected the idea over the years.

“The studies are pretty clear: it’s not true,” said clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, a specialist in toxic conditions.

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