Assortative Mating Model
Assortative mating is the idea that romantic partners often have correlated scores (either positive or negative) on a wide range of personality, demographic, and other characteristics.
Assortative mating is the idea that romantic partners often have correlated scores (either positive or negative) on a wide range of personality, demographic, and other characteristics. Positive assortative mating is when individuals are similar to each other, while negative assortative mating – also referred to as disassortative mating – is when individuals share complementary traits, such as one person being dominant while the other person is submissive (Figueredo et al. 2005). A large body of research suggests that both humans and nonhuman animals show assortative mating on a wide variety of traits (Olderbak and Figueredo 2012; Jiang et al. 2013).
Assortative Mating and Personality Traits
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