A commonly held notion, an overrated cliché: "opposites attract". This is a "common" held belief, a conviction that is worldwide accepted. From the start of time, we have been subject to this phrase time and again, be it from the group of girls we hang out with, or a motherly advice, or a phrase narrated by the English teacher, or a simple fact known to all. We have come to understand that opposites attract. It's a way of complementing each other and understanding each other's differences, be it any kind of relationship. So I was shocked when I read in my Psychology book that this claim is bogus, researchers have found that opposites in fact have less chance of getting attracted to each other. So where did this famous phrase come from? And why is it still so heavily believed in and used?
Inquisitive to test this research and check whether I and our society as a whole had a confirmation bias, that states that we seek information we already believe, I asked questions to fellow students at the U, about the common and the uncommon traits they share with their partners. Some common traits that one might find between couples are their taste for music, art, cuisine and other areas of interest. This they claimed to be the initiator of one's interest for the partner. While the uncommon traits didn't exactly compliment them, but they adapted to; the uncommon traits were the ones that caused disagreements or some type of annoyance. So when I asked the simple question whether they were opposites, the common answer was no. Thus supporting the research that theory that "opposites attract" is not true.