In most cases, for a relationship to be successful, a mixture of emotional and physical attraction is important. If you connect intellectually but aren’t attracted to them physically, the relationship may struggle to get off the ground. A combination of the two is the basis of a good relationship.
That being said, it’s important to differentiate between physical attraction vs. emotional attraction. Here are the key differences between them to keep in mind!
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1. Skin deep
Physical attraction doesn’t require us to even speak to a person. We might see somebody across a crowded room and find them attractive, without knowing a thing about them.
2. Quicker to form
While physical attraction is often instant (though not always), emotional attraction takes longer. Even if it’s only a few minutes more, this usually happens through conversation or an act of kindness.
3. Physical attraction is usually more sexual
In most cases, physical attraction stems from a biological attraction to someone. It typically involves a desire to touch and be physically intimate with another person. Emotional attraction, on the other hand, can be experienced without any desire for physical intimacy.
4. Differing investment of feelings
Being physically attracted to someone can involve investing fewer feelings and less emotion. Often, a purely physical attraction means a straightforward desire to be physically intimate with the person, with no other strings attached.
A Winning Combination
Feeling intense emotional attraction can be a powerful and often overwhelming experience. But, knowing the signs to look out for, and how to build on them, can really help when it comes to creating real, meaningful relationships.
When you feel this alongside physical attraction, it’s a good sign that you’re ready to take a relationship to the next level. Good luck!