Behaving as if you are smitten by someone can make you fall in love, says a recent research.
Richard Wiseman, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, tested the theory by holding a speed dating night in which some volunteers acted as if they were already in love with each other. They were encouraged to gaze into each other’s eyes and to hold hands. In the end, they were questioned who would they like to see again, out of the people they had met.
Under the normal speed dating behaviour, around 20% of volunteers indicated that they wanted to see each other again, but playing the psychological games increased the success rate to 45%, the Telegraph reports. The results are published in Wiseman’s book Rip It Up.
On a scale of one to seven of closeness, those play acting were a point closer than those who did not. “Just as people feel happier when they force their face into a smile, so pairs of people behaving as if they find each other attractive became emotionally close. Behaving like you are in love can lead to actually falling in love,” says Wiseman.
Around 100 volunteers took part in the experiment in Edinburgh. The singletons were paired up and invited to play various psychological games.
These games were designed to encourage each pair to act as if they found each other attractive and included, for example, looking into the partner’s eyes.
“People love this new form of speed-dating because it helps them interact in a more interesting way,” says Wiseman.