The Electra Complex Is Real

Women seek out men who remind them of their fathers—if they have positive relationships with their dads. Barking Up the Wrong Tree highlights a body of research that says:

Women who enjoy good childhood relationships with their fathers are more likely to select partners who resemble their dads research suggests. In contrast, the team of psychologists from Durham University and two Polish institutions revealed that women who have negative or less positive relationships were not attracted to men who looked like their male parents.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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