In 2006, psychologist Neil Bearden found the best working answer to the question, how many people should you date to get a good sampling of who’s compatible before you settle down?
His approach, applied to a pool of 10 people, will on average get you someone about 75 percent perfect; in a pool of 100 candidates, the figure is around 90 percent.
Step 1: Estimate how many people you could date in your life, n
Step 2: Calculate the square root of that number, √n
Step 3: Date and reject the first √n people; the best of them will set your benchmark.
Step 4: Continue dating people and settle down with the first person to exceed the benchmark set by the initial √n dates.
Extracted from Discover (13 February 2015). How Math Can Help You Find True Love. Retrieved from http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/02/13/mathematics-true-love/
Apply the relevant psychological theories on attraction to the extract and discuss how they can explain Bearden’s formula on interpersonal relationships. Cite at least three relevant theories in your response.