Sapiosexual: The Definition
Sapiosexual is derived from the Latin word sapiens, which means intelligent or wise, and sexualis, which relates to the sexes. A sapiosexual, or less popularly called as sapiophile, is an individual who is attracted to or aroused by the intelligence of other people. Individuals who are sapiosexuals prefer intelligence more than any other quality in a potential partner. Although intelligence is a factor we commonly look for when searching for our right match, sapiosexuals make intelligence the top requirement. It is safe to say that they fall in love with the person’s mind. According to psychologists, the brain is the largest sex organ. For sapiosexuals, intelligence is the salient and most sexually attractive of all qualities in a person.
Chemistry plays a big role in attraction and relationships. However, personality traits also undoubtedly play a large part in attraction, apart from other factors such as physical appearance, wealth, and status (depending on what one is attracted to). Personality characteristics are among the factors that determine whether one person will be drawn to another. Most people are usually drawn towards qualities such as friendliness, charisma, thoughtfulness, intelligence, and kindness. With sapiosexuals, it is intelligence that is the greatest draw and the sexiest aspect of a potential partner or mate.
Experts say that people who are in a sapiosexual relationship have a higher probability of making it long-term because the intimacy between them goes beyond physical aspects. Connection and communication are of the greatest importance to them.
What does it mean to be a sapiosexual?
An individual who admits to being a sapiosexual will say that he or she is turned on by the brain, and gets excited or titillated by the insights of other people. It also means that the individual you are attracted to tends to be inquisitive, incisive, intellectual, and even irreverent. Sapiosexuals often crave philosophical, psychological, or political discussions as these topics turn them on.
There are also cases of purely platonic friendships that are fired up by the individuals’ sapiosexual desires and there is great intellectual synergy. Such relationships can often be observed in the workplace and may be considered another aspect of sapiosexuality—that is, the need to interact and be connected with intelligent people, and the result need not be emotional or sexual intimacy.
Intelligent Conversation Topics
Two sapiosexuals may find any intelligent interest a connecting factor. Two scientists may be sapiosexuals, and their passion and interest in science may allow them to discuss the topic in a way that brings about a very attractive conversation for them both.
Sapiosexuals naturally value intelligent conversations, and therefore common interests in intelligent topics will likely bring sapiosexuals together. Some conversation topics may include:
- Classic literature
- Sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, computer science, or environmental science)
- Health and the medical field
Examples of Sapiosexuals
There are a number of celebrities who have shown signs of being sapiosexual. Some famous people have a known history of dating top models, but have not settled down with any of them. Maybe good looks just weren’t enough for a lifetime commitment. Some of these famous people who are known for dating beautiful people in the past have ultimately married a person with high intelligence. George Clooney is an excellent example of one of these celebrities. His history is filled with models, but he ultimately chose to marry Amal Clooney, previously Amal Alamuddin, who is a human rights lawyer and activist.
Some well-known fictional characters have also shown signs of being sapiosexual. Let’s take Belle from Beauty and the Beast. The very handsome heartthrob of her village, Gaston, wanted to marry her, but she was not interested in him. Instead, Belle fell in love with the beast. As unattractive as the beast was physically, Belle loved his knowledge of books and his impressive library. The two could discuss literature together, and this intellectual attraction caused Belle to fall in love. Belle and the beast discussed novels. This intellectual connection won over their hearts. For others, topics of conversation could be biology or politics.
Can you think of any other real-life celebrities or fictional characters that might be sapiosexual?
How will you know if you’re a sapiosexual?
You’re a sapiophile if you are challenged or aroused by how another person thinks, and you are in love with the other person’s mind. Another newly minted word related to sapiosexuals is nymphobrainiac. People who are nymphobrainiac are aroused by engaging with the intellect of another person. However, this neologism sounds pathological or extreme to some people.
A common feature among sapiosexuals is that they can identify intelligence in other people almost instantly. For instance, a sapiosexual who is reading a book about French literature is greatly turned on when someone approaches him or her and comments on the book. A sapiosexual is attracted to a person who is knowledgeable about the things that interest the sapiosexual.
To know if you are a sapiosexual, ask yourself the questions listed below:
- Do you get sexually attracted to other people only when you detect that they have wit, intelligence, and taste?
- Does a person’s looks hold very little weight with respect to whether or not you find them sexually attractive?
- Have you ever lost sexual interest in someone upon realizing that he or she was not intelligent enough for you?
- Does a person who is very smart seem to be a lot better to you than someone who is not?
- Would you decline a person making advances if you found out that he or she didn’t read much or worse, didn’t read at all?
- Do you get sexually aroused by a person’s display of great knowledge and intelligence?
- Would you reject someone who isn’t able to keep up with you in intellectual discussions?
- Are you disgusted by the idea of having sex with someone who didn’t go to college or who has no interest in higher education?
- Do you think that you can’t enjoy sex with someone if you don’t or can’t intellectually connect with them?
If you answer “yes” to all or most of the questions, then you could call yourself a sapiosexual.
Other Sapiosexual Indicators
1. You find other people more attractive as you get to know them.
A sapiosexual does not care much if a person is not physically attractive. A sapiosexual finds the other person increasingly attractive the more they talk and get to know each other. The reason is that being a sapiosexual means that the main attraction of a person is his or her intelligence. The more a sapiosexual discovers the mind of another person, the more fascinating it becomes.
2. Instead of casual sex, you’d rather have a great conversation.
Sapiosexuals are turned on and fulfilled by mental activities more than physical ones. However, it does not necessarily mean that they would not have casual sex. It’s just that they prefer more challenging and thought-provoking conversations.
3. You are definitely turned on by what a person knows rather than what he or she has.
Wealth and social status are of less importance to you. What intrigues you is the person’s knowledge and intellect, and what energizes them to achieve personal greatness.
4. You just cannot put up with bad grammar.
In choosing partners, a sapiosexual tends to choose one whose level of intelligence is similar to or higher than theirs. A person with bad grammar is a big turnoff for sapiosexuals.
5. You are turned on by any form of knowledge.
The person need not have a genius-level IQ or be at the top of his or her class. What matters to you are the interest and profound love the person has for whatever form of knowledge.