Opposites Detract

I was thinking about the supposed principle that opposites attract, and I realized that the principle must have its limits. Otherwise we'd be seeing supermodels dating homeless men with dubious personal hygiene.

Instead, it seems to me more like people date people with complementary personalities. In a successful relationship, for example, one person typically takes the dominant role. When you get two dominant people together you end up with daily fights. And two non-dominant people don't ever get together because nobody will take the initiative.

You also tend to get a listener and a talker. If two talkers get together they can't communicate because the marriage proposal would never be heard over the recipient's own chatter. Two listeners might get together, but they would never really get to know each other and would eventually drift apart.