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Does anyone know if there is any literature on attraction and how individuals seems to choose bfs/gfs or partners who are similar to their parents? (i.e. a female would choose a guy similar to her own dad personality wise, and a male would choose a guy similar to his mum).

I've heard that this is the case, but dont know if there any studies on this??!!
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Hi, I have a book called Human Instinct by that scientist guy with the black hair and moustache, Robert Winston. I think there's some stuff about the psychology of choosing a mate, it's a very good book, and programme, buy it if u can If not, have a look on the bbbc website, there's some info from the programme on there.
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Yeah, your on about Freud's Oedipus and Electra complex. Freud was a bit of a nutter who came up with his theories mainly from a small sample of middle-aged, middle-class, neurotic, Jewish, Vienesse women. He came up with these complexes which said that when children are going through their psychosexual stages of development, (oral, anal, phallic) the Oedipus complex dictates that little boys subconsciously fancy their mums but because they think their dad will castrate him if he found out he relates to and introjects all the attitudes and values of his father. The Electra complex is the same but with girls and a lot more penis envy.
Anywho this is how Freud explained gender and you can find out more from all good a-level texts books.
Hope i helped,
Fae.
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