Women go for partners who look like their brothers

‘Yuck’ you might be thinking. But according to new research from the Evolution and Human Behaviour Journalwomen are very likely to go for men who remind them of their brother.


Because our brothers look like us. We are very simply narcissists.

The researchers asked 32 women to share both photos of their partner and their brother, and they also collected images of the partners and brothers of some celebrities.

Participants were then given a sheet of paper. On one column had the brother of a woman and on the other column had four men: three of which were random and one of which was the woman’s partner. The participants were then asked who the brother most resembled and they nearly always chose the partner.

Lead researcher Tamsin Saxton said ‘familiarity seems to be attractive’ in that people often choose a romantic partner with perhaps similar views, interests or even a taste in music.