Magazine article Psychology Today

Just Because We're Different

Magazine article Psychology Today

Just Because We're Different

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COUPLES DONTlive in a vacuum: They are surrounded by other people who have opinions about whether certain romantic match-ups are appropriate or even acceptable. Partners who differ visibly from one another-in race, age, or other traits-ha ve long been subject to discrimination.

Psychologist Brian Collisson at Azusa Pacific University and colleagues explored attitudes about mixed-weight couples, asking volunteers to rate how favorable or unfavorable they felt toward various pairs. In some couples, partners had similar body weights; in others, their weights were different.

Pairs of two heavy partners received lower ratings than light-weight couples, but mixed-weight couples received the lowest ratings. A potential reason emerged in participants' responses to couples that were mixed or matched on other characteristics, including race, religion, and age. …

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