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  • Similarity Versus Complementarity Among Lesbian Couples
    • In a recent post it has been discussed the role of similarity in romantic relationships.
    • The question was do opposites attract or do similarities tend to stick together.
    • The science of relationships has flushed out the conflicting advice about what to look for in a partner.
    • Very little suggests that opposites really do attract when it comes to romantic partnerships.
    • Romantic partners have been found to typically be similar in a variety of qualities ranging from attractiveness to height and weight to ethnic, religious and educational background.
    • Most of us find validation in keeping company similar to ourselves.
    • We tend to like others who have qualities that are familiar to us.
    • Speaking of personality, the research gets a bit more complex.
    • The research consistent with a great deal of research addressing non-romantic dyads.
    • Individuals do desire partners similar to themselves.
    • For couples to be happy, couples are best off when one partner is relatively dominant and one partner is relatively submissive.
    • It's of no consequence which member of a couple – a man or a woman – fills these roles.
    • Relationships function better when one individual is prepared to “take charge,” and the other individual is prepared to go along (most of the time) - complementarity.
    • There was one exception to this finding regarding complementarity in terms of dominance and submission.
    • 72 lesbian couples were studied.
    • Those having the most loving and harmonious relationships were the couples comprised of two members who were either dominant or submissive.
    • Preliminary examination of this finding suggests that this likely has something to do with the prominent role of equality in same-sex relationships.
    • It seems that gay and lesbian couples are similar to heterosexual couples in most ways, but...
    • Premium is placed on equality in the relationship.
    • It makes sense that these couples would not feel comfortable with one member taking charge.
    • Therefore, it looks like the happiest heterosexual couples have opposites in terms of dominance.
    • Happy naughty lesbians tend to be similar according to the today's findings.