Scientists also found that those with the G-gene are “more likely to develop neurotic personalities and psychiatric disorders such as major depression and borderline personality disorder.”
Always in a Bad Relationship? Science Says Your DNA Might Be to Blame
By Jillian Kramer
If you’re chronically single or on what seems to be a hamster wheel of bad relationships, don’t blame the dudes—it may be time to blame Mom and Dad. Or, more specifically, your DNA.
New research from Peking University in Beijing found that men and women born with the specific gene type “G” are 20 percent more likely to be single than those without that little strand of DNA. People with this G-type gene have lower levels of serotonin, scientists found after studying 600 students. And without this “happy hormone,” G-typers can find it harder to bond and form healthy relationships with others.
To make our DNA matters worse, the scientists also found that those with the G-gene are “more likely to develop neurotic personalities and psychiatric disorders such as major depression and borderline personality disorder,” according to their report. Pessimism and neuroticism hurt the quality and stability of any relationship—but they also decrease a person’s attractiveness in another’s eyes, the scientists noted.