His dating style might actually be determined from birth...You may have her on speed dial when you're sick or when you need serious life advice-but according to new research, your mom may have a huge impact on your love life, too.
By Kelly Thore
According to a study from the University of Minnesota, the experiences you have with your mother as a baby may set the stage for how you view interpersonal connections in your life-including romantic relationships. That's not so sexy, but it might actually provide key intel on your own romantic style.
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Researchers studied 75 children from birth until their 30s, analyzing how each acted in situations that tested the bond they had with their mothers. After assessing their emotional development over the years, they found that those who were "mistreated" were naturally more defensive and argumentative toward others, while those who had supportive mothers were more inclined to work through problems later on.
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The psychologists explain that since you're mentally developing so much in the first 12 to 18 months, how your mom treats you basically defines your perception of love, setting up a model for how to act in the future. That means we're essentially programmed on how to trust, connect and resolve conflict at infancy.
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By the same token, we bet you can also suss out a guy's romantic style based on his history with his mom. Sure, you won't know everything-but you can probably wager a good guess. Has his mom always been super doting? He might be the needier type. Has their relationship been strained? Maybe he's unintentionally more distant and needs you to make a little extra effort.
How much do you think your mom has affected your love life?
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