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29 Mar 2017, 1:39 pm

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Smells have put me off men. I don't mean body odour. But how they smelled clean. I don't know if it was their aftershave or fabric softner, but the way it mixed with their natural odour put me right off. Interestingly I can be put off by how a man's body reacts to alcohol. It can smell really bad.


But our culture promotes highly dysfunctional standards in this area. People have a much more keen sense of smell nowadays because of the cleanliness norm, and I'm sure that when this was not the norm, people weren't put off by smells. If anything, it should be particular smells that attracts people, and not particular smells that puts people off.



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29 Mar 2017, 2:24 pm

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I've even known people be so attracted to each other that they got married and then realised that they were not compatible.


That only shows how useless attraction is for forming good relationships. Besides, physical attractiveness change with age, so if you only rely on that, separation is a given.


That's pretty much my original point. Attraction feels so good, but it's not a good indicator of who is a good match for us most of the time. It's weird. It's a great feeling, but often misleading and you have to combat it with common sense or you'll end up making a mistake.

A person is really lucky if they find someone who they are not only physically attracted to, but also spiritually and mentally attracted to. Like Sweetleaf. She hit the jackpot. I know other people in her shoes and they are happy too.

Attraction isn't all bad. It's just misleading and frustrating on its own if there is nothing more substantial between us and the other person.



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29 Mar 2017, 2:41 pm

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I've even known people be so attracted to each other that they got married and then realised that they were not compatible.


That only shows how useless attraction is for forming good relationships. Besides, physical attractiveness change with age, so if you only rely on that, separation is a given.


That's pretty much my original point. Attraction feels so good, but it's not a good indicator of who is a good match for us most of the time. It's weird. It's a great feeling, but often misleading and you have to combat it with common sense or you'll end up making a mistake.

A person is really lucky if they find someone who they are not only physically attracted to, but also spiritually and mentally attracted to. Like Sweetleaf. She hit the jackpot. I know other people in her shoes and they are happy too.

Attraction isn't all bad. It's just misleading and frustrating on its own if there is nothing more substantial between us and the other person.


Sweetleaf used online dating.



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29 Mar 2017, 2:43 pm

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^ This conversation is the result of gender differences.

But this topic is very useful for us aspies. Now you can see that for most people, it's very important how they "feel" about you. If you seem odd or unusual, for example, then you have no chances. Your character won't matter if you won't trigger this initial attraction.


So would you go out with someone you're not attracted to? And why?

No I would not, but the difference is that I can't be attracted if it doesn't make sense. I can only be attracted to people I'm compatible with. If the other person shows no interest in me or if I don't see us together in the future then I can't be attracted to them. Does it make any sense to you?



I am the exact same way, if it doesn't make sense to me, if for example; she is way more attractive than me or out of my league, or I can't meet her often (ie. distance) - I simply wouldn't be attracted to her.



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29 Mar 2017, 3:20 pm

I dunno, it only really seems nonsensical from the female point of view and I think that is simply because a lot of women don't know what they really want and aren't totally honest with themselves with what they actually find attractive. What is attractive to a guy I think is pretty straight forward and not akin to finding a needle in a haystack at all but it seems like what OP wants is literal love at first sight from the perfect person. What do you want out of a relationship, what do you find attractive, what are the must haves and must nots? I think if you can answer these questions honestly then it wouldn't seem so nonsensical in my opinion.



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29 Mar 2017, 3:22 pm

The_Face_of_Boo wrote:
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I've even known people be so attracted to each other that they got married and then realised that they were not compatible.


That only shows how useless attraction is for forming good relationships. Besides, physical attractiveness change with age, so if you only rely on that, separation is a given.


That's pretty much my original point. Attraction feels so good, but it's not a good indicator of who is a good match for us most of the time. It's weird. It's a great feeling, but often misleading and you have to combat it with common sense or you'll end up making a mistake.

A person is really lucky if they find someone who they are not only physically attracted to, but also spiritually and mentally attracted to. Like Sweetleaf. She hit the jackpot. I know other people in her shoes and they are happy too.

Attraction isn't all bad. It's just misleading and frustrating on its own if there is nothing more substantial between us and the other person.


Sweetleaf used online dating.


What's your point? Attraction isn't just physical.



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30 Mar 2017, 12:11 am

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What's your point? Attraction isn't just physical.


I think it is. When people talk about other kinds of attraction, it really is not attraction, but something else, so another word should be used for it.



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30 Mar 2017, 1:20 am

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I dunno, it only really seems nonsensical from the female point of view and I think that is simply because a lot of women don't know what they really want and aren't totally honest with themselves with what they actually find attractive. What is attractive to a guy I think is pretty straight forward and not akin to finding a needle in a haystack at all but it seems like what OP wants is literal love at first sight from the perfect person. What do you want out of a relationship, what do you find attractive, what are the must haves and must nots? I think if you can answer these questions honestly then it wouldn't seem so nonsensical in my opinion.


Male attraction is pretty stereotypical and different males seems to rate female attractivity about the same. That makes the whole concept pretty much unusable for partner selection, except for the top males. Thus, we expect that attractivity doesn't really play any significant role for the majority of males. They need to use other selection criteria than attractivity if they expect to succeed with getting a partner.



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30 Mar 2017, 1:37 am

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I am the exact same way, if it doesn't make sense to me, if for example; she is way more attractive than me or out of my league, or I can't meet her often (ie. distance) - I simply wouldn't be attracted to her.


I don't think that is attraction in the typical sense. I am even more extreme. If a girl doesn't want to play the eye contact game with me, then I'm not interested (I use interest rather than attracted because it seems to be more accurate). If she participates, it really doesn't matter if she is out of my league or not, I'd still find her interesting. OTOH, I do feel (sexual) attraction to very attractive women, but that's all. I have no interest in interacting with them unless they show interest in me.



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30 Mar 2017, 1:44 am

Jacoby wrote:
I dunno, it only really seems nonsensical from the female point of view and I think that is simply because a lot of women don't know what they really want and aren't totally honest with themselves with what they actually find attractive. What is attractive to a guy I think is pretty straight forward and not akin to finding a needle in a haystack at all but it seems like what OP wants is literal love at first sight from the perfect person. What do you want out of a relationship, what do you find attractive, what are the must haves and must nots? I think if you can answer these questions honestly then it wouldn't seem so nonsensical in my opinion.


Lol. Do you even read my posts. I don't believe in love at first sight and I mentioned further up about how people can grow on you.



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30 Mar 2017, 1:51 am

Alliekit wrote:
The_Face_of_Boo wrote:
hurtloam wrote:
rdos wrote:
hurtloam wrote:
I've even known people be so attracted to each other that they got married and then realised that they were not compatible.


That only shows how useless attraction is for forming good relationships. Besides, physical attractiveness change with age, so if you only rely on that, separation is a given.


That's pretty much my original point. Attraction feels so good, but it's not a good indicator of who is a good match for us most of the time. It's weird. It's a great feeling, but often misleading and you have to combat it with common sense or you'll end up making a mistake.

A person is really lucky if they find someone who they are not only physically attracted to, but also spiritually and mentally attracted to. Like Sweetleaf. She hit the jackpot. I know other people in her shoes and they are happy too.

Attraction isn't all bad. It's just misleading and frustrating on its own if there is nothing more substantial between us and the other person.


Sweetleaf used online dating.


What's your point? Attraction isn't just physical.


My point that her slot machine had way more '7s' than the one hurtloam is relying on.



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30 Mar 2017, 2:00 am

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I'm a rational adult. I can certainly control myself and I can choose what's best for me.

Right, and why would it be more difficult to choose if it were lust and not love? Are rational adults more able to control their emotions than their sex drive?

Also, attraction is a feeling, not an action. So even if you feel attraction and know the other person isn't good for you - no matter what feelings are involved, love, lust, whatever, you could still decide not to get into a relationship with them. What you can't do however, is choose to feel attracted to someone, you don't feel anything for - that would merely be pretence and a relationship for the sake of social status, easy access to sex, other advantages.


You may be attracted to several persons, but you somehow decide who to love, really - by choosing to talk to him/her and spend time with him/her the most...etc.




I've once been in love/ felt that kind of love for someone. I got to know him in a more natural way and not via online dating or anything like that. Thus I didn't choose to interact with him because I was attracted to him. I was already interacting with him before I got attracted to him and to not interact with him I'd have needed to intentionally avoid him. The situation didn't make intentionally avoiding without being impolite particularly easy.
Yes, he wasn't the only one I ever felt attracted to but no matter how much time I'd have spent with most of the others, I don't think I'd actually have fallen in love with most of them. It simply was a different kind of attraction.
And sure, as long as it is just the beginning of being attracted to someone it isn't emotionally difficult to choose not to interact with them. Yet, for me it's still a lot more easy to forget about the initial attraction and ignore it if it's purely physical attraction than if I actually like the other person.
But it's true, since falling in love takes time and you need to get to know the other person you can choose whether you let yourself fall in love with someone by interacting with them or not - if you can easily choose not to interact with them.

Still, since attraction due to lust is the easiest to ignore, attraction due to infatuation is a little less easy to ignore and attraction that already turned into love/being in love can't just be switched off (although it of course can be avoided to act on it) I really absolutely don't agree with 314pe.



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A poem by Ibn al-Farid (13th-century) - translation below video.



أخفيت حبكم فأخفاني أسى
I hid my love inside me until depression shadowed me (has taken over me).

حتى لعمري كدت عني أختفي
I was about to disappear from the world.

و كتمته عني فلو أبديته
I suppressed this love inside me even from myself

لوجدته أخفى من اللطف الخفي
If shown, will see a nice hidden cool breeze (figurative, hard to translate)

و لقد أقول لمن تحرش بالهوى
say to those who blame me for falling in love, telling me to turn it off.

عرضت نفسك للبلى فاستهدف
you took so long blaming me, telling me that I brought it to myself.

أنت القتيل بأي من أحببته
telling me it will destroy you, because of the way I love.

فاختر لنفسك في الهوى من تصطفي
قل للعذول أطلت لومي طامعا
so try to stop blaming me and have the taste of love (go experience love); then come and try to blame me if you can!

أن الملام عن الهوى مستوقفي
دع عنك تعنيفي و ذق طعم الهوى

Do not try to stop me
Until you taste the taste of love (until you experience falling in love)

فإذا عشقت فبعد ذلك عنف
If you have experienced the love
Then you can try to stop me and blame me

و إن اكتفى غيري بطيف خياله
If the others are satisfied to meet love just in fantasy

فأنا الذي بوصاله لا أكتفي
To meet my love for real is never enough, I can't get enough from seeing him and communicating/bonding with him




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30 Mar 2017, 3:14 am

The_Face_of_Boo wrote:
Alliekit wrote:
The_Face_of_Boo wrote:
hurtloam wrote:
rdos wrote:
hurtloam wrote:
I've even known people be so attracted to each other that they got married and then realised that they were not compatible.


That only shows how useless attraction is for forming good relationships. Besides, physical attractiveness change with age, so if you only rely on that, separation is a given.


That's pretty much my original point. Attraction feels so good, but it's not a good indicator of who is a good match for us most of the time. It's weird. It's a great feeling, but often misleading and you have to combat it with common sense or you'll end up making a mistake.

A person is really lucky if they find someone who they are not only physically attracted to, but also spiritually and mentally attracted to. Like Sweetleaf. She hit the jackpot. I know other people in her shoes and they are happy too.

Attraction isn't all bad. It's just misleading and frustrating on its own if there is nothing more substantial between us and the other person.


Sweetleaf used online dating.


What's your point? Attraction isn't just physical.


My point that her slot machine had way more '7s' than the one hurtloam is relying on.


I don't really know what that means...what 'slot machine'?...Also I've never had a number system for rating attractiveness, that sort of thing has always seemed sort of silly to me.


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30 Mar 2017, 4:54 am

Sweetleaf wrote:
The_Face_of_Boo wrote:
Alliekit wrote:
The_Face_of_Boo wrote:
hurtloam wrote:
rdos wrote:
hurtloam wrote:
I've even known people be so attracted to each other that they got married and then realised that they were not compatible.


That only shows how useless attraction is for forming good relationships. Besides, physical attractiveness change with age, so if you only rely on that, separation is a given.


That's pretty much my original point. Attraction feels so good, but it's not a good indicator of who is a good match for us most of the time. It's weird. It's a great feeling, but often misleading and you have to combat it with common sense or you'll end up making a mistake.

A person is really lucky if they find someone who they are not only physically attracted to, but also spiritually and mentally attracted to. Like Sweetleaf. She hit the jackpot. I know other people in her shoes and they are happy too.

Attraction isn't all bad. It's just misleading and frustrating on its own if there is nothing more substantial between us and the other person.


Sweetleaf used online dating.


What's your point? Attraction isn't just physical.


My point that her slot machine had way more '7s' than the one hurtloam is relying on.


I don't really know what that means...what 'slot machine'?...Also I've never had a number system for rating attractiveness, that sort of thing has always seemed sort of silly to me.


You need to try the casino once, just for the sake of fun.



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30 Mar 2017, 5:54 am

Every one seems to have a different opinion on this. It's very interesting.

If there's any lurkers we'd enjoy your input too.