“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”
- Audrey Hepburn
We have all had that experience at one time or another in our lives. We lock eyes with that someone across the room. Our heart races and butterflies dance throughout our stomach. We may not have ever even shared a word, yet there is an undeniable sense of attraction, like a magnet, pulling forces together.
According to research published in the Journal of Neuropsychologia, attraction is biologically wired into our subconscious. An important aspect of evolution, it drives us to select those potential partners that are a better fit when considering our potential offspring. This may include factors that indicate our potential partner is more fertile, better adept to carry a child, or genetically superior.
Here are 5 key factors that directly impact sexual attractiveness:
Physical Appearance, the well-known factor.
This may seem like an obvious point; however, physical appearance is certainly an important factor in physical appearance. It is for this reason that decisions such as plastic surgery are able to impact our attractiveness. Aspects of your appearance that can influence attractiveness include your body shape, hairstyle, the shape of your face, symmetry and birthmarks. However, everybody is different, and different people view different physical attributes as attractive. Everybody is beautiful in their own way!
The sound of your voice.
If you do have a chance to talk to someone that you are hoping to attract, there is more to be communicated than just the words that you choose. A study completed at the State University of New York at Albany analyzed the reaching of men to clips of female voices. It found that there were subtle nuances in the voice, such as the pitch or where they were at during their ovulation cycle, that significantly impact attractiveness.
Body language reveals a lot.
Otherwise known as ‘dynamic attractiveness,’ there are many different aspects to our body language that can play into our sexual attractiveness. This includes facial expression, such as a smile as opposed to an angry scowl, our posture, our gestures, and even how expressive our eyes are. Your body language tells far more than your words could ever explain.
Women desire financial stability.
Another aspect of the subconscious desire to set ourselves up to provide for a family, women are not only looking for men who are genetically superior, but they are also subconsciously drawn to those who are financially stable. This doesn’t mean they require a millionaire, but rather that they are looking for a man who is well enough off that he can provide for all of their basic needs.
We are attracted to attraction.
While we may not say the words, admitting that we are attracted another, feelings of attraction can still be sensed on a subconscious level. When we can tell that someone else is attracted to us, we are, in turn, subconsciously drawn to them. This was demonstrated in a study by social psychologists Mark Snyder, Beth Tanke and Ellen Berscheid in which women were found to be more attracted to men they spoke with on the phone after the men were told they were speaking with an attractive female.
This article was inspired by an article written by Ronald E Riggio Ph.D. for Psychology Today.