Attraction is a type of feeling that sparks interest in a particular person. Among some people, it is useful to think of attraction in terms of particular types or categories. Other people do not find this helpful, and some do not experience attraction at all. Using or applying one of these concepts does not necessarily imply using all of the others.
Common Subtypes[edit | edit source]
Physical Attraction[edit | edit source]
Emotional Attraction[edit | edit source]
- Romantic attraction (commonly a factor in romantic orientation, sexual orientation, or orientation in general)
- Platonic attraction
- Queerplatonic attraction
- Alterous attraction
Additional Subtypes[edit | edit source]
Less commonly used words for types of attraction include:
- Amical attraction
- Cedural attraction
- Familial attraction
- Mental attraction
- Presential attraction
- Social attraction
- Tutelary attraction
Forms of attraction other than romantic and sexual attraction are sometimes referred to as tertiary attraction; however, that term is controversial because it positions non-romantic, non-sexual attraction as lesser than romantic and sexual attraction.
History[edit | edit source]
Naming and differentiating between specific subtypes of attraction has been popularized by the asexual community in the early 2000s. This is partly due to definitions of asexuality that emphasized a lack of sexual attraction. As early as 2003, the FAQ page of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network mentioned that some asexual people may experience emotional or romantic attraction. Other subtypes, such as aesthetic and sensual, also developed around or before 2006.