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Abstract

Romantic attraction, and what makes someone romantically desirable, is something that we frequently encounter. The present study examined the influence of personality traits on perceived romantic attractiveness. 124 female college students were assigned to read one of four scenarios depicting a hypothetical male character described as either introverted or extroverted and either agreeable or disagreeable. Next they were asked to complete questionnaires about how they value financial stability, personality traits and physical attractiveness in a romantic partner. Results indicated that extroversion was valued more than introversion, but agreeableness was not valued more than disagreeableness. There was no relationship between outgoingness and level of agreeableness on romantic attractiveness. Additionally, there was a moderate positive correlation between participants' value of physical attractiveness and perceived financial stability. These results suggest- that outgoingness, physical attractiveness, and financial stability are essiential in romantic attraction.

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