by Roger Thomas

Looking Like Jesus
Roger Thomas
Mark 9:33-37, 10:13-16, 35-45

It's not an urban myth. It's a fact. People look like their dogs. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego explored this question and confirmed it. Scientists had a panel of students attempt to match the pictures of twenty-five purebred dogs with pictures of their owners. They did it two out of three times. If you need any more proof, look at these pictures. Some are cute. Some are down right strange! The scientists don't have a clear explanation. They suspect that owners tend to choose a pet bearing their resemblance in some way. (Psychological Science, May 2004)

Now for the scary news. Research also indicates that husbands and wives tend to look more and more like one another over time. Parents and children we can understand, but spouses? The Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan studied this phenomenon they compared photographs of couples when first married with pictures twenty-five years later. The results showed an increase in apparent similarity of facial features. The good news: the increase in resemblance was also associated with greater reported marital happiness.

Just for fun, look around at the folk around you. Do we have any nominations for the most look-a-like husband and wife contest?

Why, you might ask? Researches offer several possible explanations. Of course, similar diet and environment has some affect. In addition, couples consciously or subconsciously tend to mimic each other's expressions that in turn affect their facial features. Beyond that, one theory suggests that couples are attracted to some innate similarities that then become more obvious over time. Another theory proposes that emotional processes produce blood flow changes to the muscles of the face. Habitual use of these muscles permanently affects the physical features of the face. Shared experiences result in shared emotions which result in shared m ...

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