Originally Posted by mensimageconsultant
What should have been taken as the definitive word hasn't been .
The definitive word on what? Assuming arguendo there's some underlying validity to the broad generalizations recycled in such articles -- and I hardly see anything so compelling and unimpeachable about the analysis that would support a statement like "[it] should have been taken as the definitive word" -- it ignores the fact that individual experiences do not always conform to a generalized, oversimplified trend. Human interactions and relationships are influenced by a variety of factors, and what those factors are and which play greater or lesser roles is going to be different for different people and in different environments. Thus, again assuming some underlying validity to these high-level generalizations, their usefulness in predicting or influencing individual interactions or experiences is questionable at length. I realize that you have a professional interest in promoting the idea that trying to live one's life according to the conclusions of such "studies" is worthwhile, but with all due respect I think your posts simply ignore the true complexity and unpredictability of human behavior, especially when it comes to issues of attraction, compatibility, and the like.