What is a sapiosexual?

We explain what a sapiosexual is, the origin and meaning of this term. Also, what are the aspirations of a sapiosexual.

  1. What is a sapiosexual?

The term  sapiosexual is  used to refer to those whose erotic interest is determined by intelligence . In other words, they are people who are erotically attracted to those who demonstrate knowledge , mental speed, acuity or talent, rather than physical attributes or other characteristics. However, the  sapiosexuales  usually build relationships of friendly crush , away from the passionate.

This term comes from a new use of the Latin root  sapere  (“Saber”) , just as it is used to refer to the scientific name of our species:  Homo sapiens , the man who knows things.

In that sense, it is assumed that the  sapiosexuales  prioritize the mind to the body and fall in love with the first without caring too much for the second, so, in theory, it could be totally indifferent to his gender or biological sex. This fashion label in social networks and dating software, has been widely accepted by the community , but arouses little interest in sexologists and students of the subject, who normally consider it a fashion.

It is a useful label, as indicated, to insist on a highly traditional aspect of human relationships, which is the assessment of the way of being of an individual over his appearance or social behavior. In that sense,  sapiosexuales  would aspire to meaningful relationships, knowledge sharing and mutual learning , and not just carnal relationships.

The paradox is that, in principle, what  sapiosexuales  aspire to has always been known as  love . It may be that the need for cataloging thus responds to the fact that in recent times the world of affective and erotic relations has been more banalized and commercialized than ever, through a culture of superficial evaluation, simulation and appearance, which enhance tools like Tinder or Grinder, in which you choose or discard quickly without knowing much about the other person.

If so, the  sexual sapios  would be more a symptom or a claim to our society , than a true novel sexual orientation.

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