While we'd like to think that we know why a particular person catches our eye, there are a number of invisible forces at work that determine which members of the opposite sex we become interested in -- and which ones we don't. Of course, there are a number of factors that go into who we choose to be with, including personality traits, interests and values and physical appearance. But when it comes to immediate, knee-jerk physical attraction, we often can't pinpoint why exactly we're drawn to someone. Even as scientific research has shed more light on the factors that contribute to our selection of a sexual mate, the biology of attraction is complex and not yet fully understood -- and it doesn't help that attraction is particularly difficult to replicate in a lab.
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Sexual identity is how one thinks of oneself in terms of to whom one is romantically or sexually attracted. Historical models of sexual identity have tended to view its formation as a process undergone only by sexual minorities , while more contemporary models view the process as far more universal and attempt to present sexual identity within the larger scope of other major identity theories and processes. Sexual identity has been described as a component of an individual's identity that reflects their sexual self-concept. The integration of the respective identity components e. Sexual identity can change throughout an individual's life, and may or may not align with biological sex, sexual behavior or actual sexual orientation.