The Bed-mate Theory: Why Spouses Resemble Each Other After a Long Period of Living Together
It is true that some couples who have lived together for decades, sharing the same food including the same bed over time grow to look more and more alike. Of-course, not all couples who have lived long together in marriage resemble, but research shows that some actually show this trait.
There was once a couple in my village years ago while we were kids, who looked like identical twins in our young eyes. I was shocked when my mother told me they were actually husband and wife. It is therefore, a fact that some couples who have lived together for decades, sharing the same food including the same bed over time grow to look more and more alike.
There are many theories experts in this field have come up with to explain this complicated case of spousal resemblance:
The Bed-Mate Theory
Never under-estimate the power of living together in the same environment on humans. When you live together, share the same bedroom, eat the same food, and spend great time together in love and affection, you will soon begin to look like the same love-birds.
During courtship, people take time to choose people with similar personality traits as marriage partners. Some even choose partners that look like their mothers or Dads. This similarity in character later makes them look very much alike more especially when they live together well into their 50s!
The Empathy Theory
According to this theory, people who live together over along time later begin to imitate each other in terms of how they express themselves. By sharing the same facial expression by way of showing happiness, smiles or anger, they actually tailor the facial muscles to grow in a similar manner, thereby shaping their faces to resemble.
It should be emphasized that for spouses to begin to resemble each other, they must have lived together, uninterrupted for over 25 years, sharing the same environment, bed, food and jokes in complete affection. If couples live together without the chemistry in their relationships, chances are that such couples would never look alike.