This can be taken to extremes: having someone try to kill you can actually make you more attracted to them.
Via The Heart of Social Psychology: A Backstage View of a Passionate Science: Those in the high-fear condition did show, for example, significantly more desire to kiss my confederate (one of the key questions) and wrote more romantic and sexual content into their stories.
It has also been found cross-culturally, across 10 world regions, that low levels of agreeableness and conscientiousness are related to higher levels of sexual promiscuity and relationship infidelity, so there may be reproductive benefits to those on the low end of these traits.
Research shows we don’t really fall in love with a person — we fall in love with how we feel when we’re with them.
“If you ask people about their experience of falling in love, over 90 percent will say that a major factor was discovering that the other person liked them,” according to Dr. This idea is affirmed by studying the effectiveness of “playing hard to get.” What’s the best way to play that game?