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Physical Attraction

explains what kind of chemistry a person should expect to feel when meeting the person for the first time.

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Physical attraction is manfred mann tour dates 2015 a word that is often used by single adults when describing what they are seeking in a relationship. Before I provide an answer to the above question, let me reiche frau sucht jungen mann zürich define ‘physical attraction’ as tipps zum kennenlernen einer frau used in a relationship.

A strong mutual attraction between two people. Chemistry is usually used when a person is describing the physical attraction that they find for a person of the opposite gender. It is seeing the physical attributes and qualities of another that are stimulating. Many single adults limit their definition of physical attraction to the sexual attraction they either have or do not have for another.

“Don’t place too much emphasis upon a relationship until you at least meet in person”

In the usual sense, either a person has this type of attraction for another or they do not. Often single adults will meet via dating sites and become quickly enamored with one another. However, when they meet in person one or both of them find no ‘chemistry’ or attraction to the other person. (This is another reason why I state over and over in my writing to not place too much emphasis upon a relationship until you at least meet in person.)

Can physical attraction be developed?

The simple answer is no. While I do believe that ‘attraction’ can grow over time, I do not suggest that one should prolong a relationship when they know at the beginning that it will not go anywhere for them.

There is no rhyme or reason to attractions! You have surely seen some very ‘unlikely’ couples in their physical attributes or other features. However, they seem to have a mutual attraction – or chemistry – and enjoy a rich relationship. The key to what I just said can be found in the word ‘mutual’. One cannot provide enough chemistry for both in a relationship. It must be something that is shared.

The reserve that I have in writing this article about is the fact that many will jump to the conclusion that there is no potential in any relationship unless there are bells and whistles sounding when you initially meet a potential mate. Strong physical attraction does not always surface at first meetings. One of my advisors tells me of a friend who was not impressed with a man on a first date. However, she decided to go ahead with a second date. They now enjoy a wonderful marriage and two children.

What to do when there is no physical attraction at first meeting?

If you have a neutral reaction at first meeting another, and find many other qualities about them to be very attractive, then I strongly recommend that you allow the relationship time to develop. I would also recommend that if you decide to consider such a relationship, that you be open and honest about where you are and are not in your thoughts. This is the honest and considerate thing to do and not take advantage of another person’s emotions.

“Strong physical attraction does not always surface at first meetings”

The danger of focusing on the physical side.

Finally, an improper focus on the physical side of potential relationships is not only dangerous, but will likely keep you away from experiencing a wonderful and full relationship. My thinking is that ‘negative chemistry’ is something that should cause you not to pursue a potential relationship, but ‘neutral’ chemistry should not. If you find the person attractive süddeutsche zeitung online bekanntschaften and strong in many other areas that you are seeking, then give them time to build the relationship and see what ‘physical attraction’ develops. However, I do suggest that you make sure that the attraction is mutual.

Qualities and character traits.

There are many qualities that are essential in a strong and healthy relationship. I find that it helps to write down the qualities and character traits that you are seeking as you go about your dating experience. This will help you to have a ‘balanced’ approach to your considerations and not be carried away with only the physical and/or emotional areas.

Dr. Jim
Author of “Guide to Successful Online Christian Dating”

John 8:32 ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’

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So here’s the thing. I’m friends with this great guy. We have some mutual friends and get along really well with each other. Because of this, many of those friends have suggested (a number of times, in fact) that we date. The problem is, I’m not physically attracted to him. I feel terrible about it, I’ve tried to talk myself into it, but I’m just not crossing over. However, I’m wondering if attraction matters as it seems really sad to not date someone who is so great in so many other ways.

Belle (get it, like Belle from Beauty and the Beast?)

Dear Belle,

You are the worst person in the world. I mean really. Wow.

Oh come back, Belle. I’m kidding, you’re not the worst by any measure. In fact, I applaud your serious self-reflection, willingness to heed the advice of your community and desire to be a good friend to the Beast. Thanks for asking a question that will be helpful for a lot folks.

To that end …

First, you need to know a few bottom-line truths:

1. Attraction is important, and you should be physically attracted to someone you’re in a relationship with. (This will help in the event of marriage and sex and such.)

2. Your guilt over this is real (and I get it), but you you need to know you haven’t done a single thing wrong.

3. There is no right answer to your question. In fact, I’m going to be typing out of both sides of my mouth for this entire article. Hooray!

Let’s dig in.

Physical Attraction is More Than Meets the Eye

The moment we see someone, we make a snap judgement on his or her looks.

This is not to say manfred mann tour dates 2015 that we are judgmental in the Christianese sense of the word (though we might be, and we should check that at the door). Rather, our brains determine—via some impressive synapsing—if someone is procreation worthy. It’s primal, really. If you want to know more, you should.

For now, though, just realize that we’re all cave-people trying to find someone to watch Netflix with. And we know in an instant if we want to be snuggled up with a person on a cave rock—or not.

Belle, your initial negative reaction, paired with many subsequent reactions, has given you pause—and that’s OK. There is nothing wrong with you. It’s the human condition to be attracted to some and not to others.

However, to think this initial reaction is all that determines süddeutsche zeitung online bekanntschaften someones attractiveness (in your eyes) is giving your brain and its Creator too little credit.

Attraction Can Be Won or Lost

There are times—many of them, in fact—when an initial reaction is different than subsequent reactions. In other words: things change.

You know this, don’t you? Of course you do. Let’s say, by way of example, that you meet a gentlemen who strikes you as dashing. I mean, he’s got it all, “A body like Arnold with a Denzel face.”

Now, let’s say this man begins talking to you and he’s just, to use the King James, a complete jerk. I mean really, he’s talking about how much he hates Mother Teresa and thinks Cecil the Lion had it coming. Would you still be into this chap? Would you look at him and still be flushed at the sight of his beauty? Probably not, because his heart revealed his true appearance.

Conversely, there are times when the initial attraction isn’t strong, but getting to know the person makes him or her somehow look better. It happens all the time, and it’s the basis of zillions of rom-coms, where the underdog gets the girl.

While those movies are exaggerated, there’s a modicum of truth there. A person can become more attractive as you get to know his inner beauty. Additionally, when you deeply love someone, attraction is superseded by a mystical connection, which makes beauty impossible to judge or understate.

But I fear I’ve gotten ahead of myself…

What Do You Do?

1. Settle down.

And if you read that as stern, please don’t. I wasn’t channeling Dr. Phil as much as I was Mr. Rogers, neighbor.

I want you to feel and know that this is not a “decision” or something you have to talk yourself into or out of. In fact, the only thing you should do is sit back, pray, pursue a friendship and see what happens. I assure you, there is no rush here. If it’s right, you won’t miss it.

2. Be careful with ‘the Beast.’

Because while I don’t know him, he sounds like a lovely fella, and he’s probably/absolutely interested in you. So be very ginger with how close you get.

, I think there’s a limit to how friendly you can be without getting into murky waters.

3. Please don’t believe the lie that you’re going to miss the only person you could ever be happy with.

The truth is, there are endless people in the world with whom you could have a wonderful relationship. There is no “the one.” However, God knows the full arc of time. He makes marriages happen, and He has this situation under control. Your job isn’t to talk yourself into anything, it’s to let God move you and show you your next steps.

In closing (and speaking of God), attraction is a beautiful and multifaceted gift that was bestowed upon us by the Creator. Belle, you deserve to be attracted to your mate. If you know The Beast well, and you’ve given this some time and prayer, it’s OK to not date him. God’s got you, and God’s got him also. Trust that, and remove this burden from your heart.

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How significant should physical attraction be in the pursuit of marriage? Or, what role, if any, should physical appearance play in Christian dating?

Guys have come to me over the years asking about this. Usually he respects or admires a godly young woman (or, maybe more often, other people in his life think he should admire her more), and yet he’s not physically attracted to her. She’s not his “type,” he says. “Should I still pursue her?”

What would you say to him?

I would say, “No.” Or at least, “Not yet.” Given the common assumptions and practices in our society today, including the church, I do not believe a man (or woman) should begin a dating relationship with someone to whom they are not physically attracted. If he admires other things about her, I’m all for him befriending her and getting to know her in safe, unambiguous, non-flirtatious ways (probably in groups). But I believe physical attraction, at least in the vast majority of cases, is one critical piece in discerning whether to date or marry someone.

That being said, I also believe that physical attraction is far deeper and more dynamic, even spiritual, than we tend to think. It’s not static or objective. Real, meaningful, durable attraction is far more than physical. A man or woman’s physical appearance only plays one role in what makes them attractive or appealing. Its role is massive initially, say the very first time you see someone, when all you know about them is what you see, before you even know their name or hear their voice. But its role will necessarily evolve the more you learn about someone. After you’ve learned more about them — by asking their friends, or by hearing them talk, or by watching the way they live — you’ll never see them again as just the person you saw at first.

The more we learn about them, the more their appearance is filled, for better or for worse, with new and deeper meaning — with their personality, their convictions, their sense of humor, their faith. The once-stunning girl may lose most of her charm, and the easily overlooked girl may become undeniably beautiful. They each look exactly the same as before, and yet they don’t. You see them, even their physical appearance, differently now.

Physical (and Flexible) Attraction

Don’t believe me? Ask sixty-year-old love birds if they’re still “physically attracted” to each other. Some of them are more attracted to each other than ever, and it’s not because they’re gaining weight, losing their hair, or having more trouble getting around. It’s because their appearance, in the eyes of their beloved, is increasingly filled with a deepening appreciation for the beauty in the other. They see something different in each other’s eyes. The hands are worn, but familiar and safe. The wrinkles are the years of faithfulness and bliss spent together. Their love not only looks beyond the surface, but sees the surface with new eyes.

“True love not only looks beyond the surface, but sees the surface with new eyes.”


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On the other side, that celebrity you think is so hot right now can lose all of his or her appeal overnight, literally in one headline. The heartthrob guy beats his girlfriend, or the magazine-cover woman sleeps with three more guys. It’s suddenly harder to even look at pictures of them anymore. They each look exactly the same, but they don’t. You see the same pictures differently now — same hair, same eyes, same figure — all suddenly unappealing, unattractive.

Physical attraction is real, but flexible. God has wired us to appreciate beauty in his design — to find men (for women) or women (for men) physically appealing — and that is a real and important element in our pursuit of marriage, and eventually in our flourishing within the covenant. God gave us physical senses and desires for our good. But that’s only one piece of what makes people attractive, and it is not the main piece — nowhere close. Mutual faith in Jesus Christ should be the most arrestingly attractive thing about any potential spouse.

Beauty Is Vain

This may be the most important thing to learn about physical (or sexual) attraction: that at its richest and fullest, it is not only or even mainly physical (eyes, hair, and figure). “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). Why does Solomon even need to say that? Because physical beauty and charm are naturally appealing. But without faith, they’re fading, and fast.

You can look at a picture in an ad or on an app and decide whether someone’s physical appearance is appealing to you, but that’s like buying a house based on a picture from the front yard. Most people want to enjoy how the front of their house looks, but that doesn’t typically break the list of the top ten or fifteen things they’re looking for in a home. How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Have the appliances been updated in the last five or ten years? What kind of shape is the foundation in? The outside may be most important to some people, but they’re probably people who haven’t owned a home before. The inside of a house — space, appliances, interior design — can cover a multitude of sins outside. But no amount of paint and creativity outside can fix serious issues inside.

“Godliness should be the most attractive thing about the most attractive people.”


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So, let’s ask the question another way. Should a Christian man pursue a Christian woman to whom he is physically attracted? I might say, “No.” That is, if all you know or like about her is what you see. I would encourage you to befriend her and get to know her in safe, unambiguous, non-flirtatious ways (probably in groups), until you know whether there is real beauty behind her face and everything else anyone can see. Have you seen enough of her faith, her spiritual strength and maturity, her Christlikeness to know if her beauty is real and durable, or superficial and fading?

Better with Age

I would not encourage a man to pursue a godly woman whom he’s not attracted to physically, but I won’t let the conversation end there, either. I’ll give him a few other questions to ask himself. For instance, if she really is a godly woman, why might you be more attracted to the unbelieving girl in your algebra class? Or (for the women), if he really is a godly man, why might you be more attracted to the ungodly guy at work?

As godly men and women, we should find godliness incredibly attractive. In fact, in our eyes and hearts, it should be the most attractive thing about the most attractive people. That doesn’t mean that if you’re a Christian, you should find every Christian man or woman attractive. But it should mean there’s a theme or trend in your attractions.

In our day, it seems wise, in general, for men and women to date someone to whom they are attracted. And Christian men and women should be cultivating hearts that are more attracted to faith and character than anything else. The world around us will preach that physical beauty is everything, but we know and desire better. Of all the people in the world, we should be the most free from enslavement to physical appearances and sexual titillation. Our eyes should be increasingly drawn to modesty, not immodesty.

As we put on the eyes and heart of Christ, we should increasingly be able to see through all the temporary and fading appearances to the things that are truly beautiful — the qualities in each other that imitate Jesus and anticipate heaven. The qualities that get better with age.

My Hope for Men

What’s my hope for Christian men? “It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9–11).

I want our men (and women) to be known for recognizing and approving what is truly excellent and beautiful, that there would be a strange and durable purity to our pursuits of marriage. What an awesome thing it would be if the world was confused today by your interest in a Christian woman whom they find less physically attractive, only to have it make perfect sense twenty-five years later when you’re happily married (and more attracted to each other than ever) — and they’re five months into their fifth marriage.

“Christians should be cultivating hearts that are more attracted to faith and character than anything else.”


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If you’re a Christian, and you’re not as attracted to godliness as you want to be, or if you feel yourself fixated on physical beauty, what should you do? Confess that to a brother. Bring someone in to sift through those desires with you, someone who can help you apply the gospel with grace and truth. And then start looking for evidences of grace in godly women.

It’s easy to notice physical features — almost any man in the world is capable of that — but discipline yourself to notice and appreciate true beauty, which is not flaunted, but buried in a woman’s heart and expressed in things like patience, kindness, and selflessness. Say a prayer of thanks for what you see in women like that, and then share it with your friend. Turn the world’s crude locker-room conversations on their head by commending true and lasting beauty with humility and respect.

Learn the vanity of physical beauty (by itself) and the lies lacing flirtatious charm and flattery, and train your heart and mind to praise and desire the woman whose heart is hot for Jesus.

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