Relationship chemistry

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Left: a chemical alphabet style depiction of the elements of relationship chemistry: friendship, family, parents, sex and dating. Right: a chemical formula underlay relationship chemistry depiction of the "choice" factor of mate selection; a subject of study first queries in terms of physical chemistry by German polymath Johann Goethe in 1808 (see: love thought experiment).
In colloquial use, relationship chemistry is a term used to metaphorically to qualify the “chemistry” of relationships. [1]

The term is a common one in dating site advertisements. The matching site
LoveIsSexy, for instance, boldly declares, on its about us page, that it has a “state-of-the-art matching technology” that puts its users in direct contact with “relationships that work” and that: [2]

Relationship chemistry is more than simply liking the same movies … it’s about shared values, ethics, social, physical, and intellectual characteristics … it’s also about sex … without good sexual chemistry and compatibility, many relationships simply don’t work.”

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See also
Romantic chemistry
Social chemistry
Sexual chemistry
Music chemistry
Literature chemistry
Queer chemistry
Human chemistry

1. (a) Hamburg, Sam R. (2001). Will Our Love Last? A Couple’s Road Map. Scribner.
(b) Relationship Chemistry –
(c) Fishman, Barbara M. and Ashner, Laurie. (1994). Resonance: the New Chemistry of Love. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.
2. LoveIsSexy (About) –


The following are works that cite this page:

● Grungzweig, Walter. (2012). “Science-in-Poetry? Chemistry and the Metaphysical Tradition” (pgs. 169-82), in: The SciArtist: Carl Djerassi’s Science-in-Literature in Transatlantic and Interdisciplinary Contexts (pg. 181). LIT Verlag Munster.

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