A Look at the Concept of “Soulmates”: from Plato’s Theory to Scientific Research



By Alexa Erickson | Collective Evolution

I’ve never really looked at the word “soulmate” and taken it into consideration in real life. It seems a fantastical term that can only be understood, in my world, as a word to describe just how magically strong the connection between two people is. I know for a fact it wasn’t love at first sight when I met my other half. He didn’t see me from across the room and think that I was the one, nor did I view him as anything else other than an adorable human whose eyes drew me closer, my feet uncontrollably walking his way. We were both attracted to each other, and as time unfolded, we found out that attraction was much deeper than met the eye. Soulmates, to me, are meant for movies, music, poetry, and novels.

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It’s an age-old concept that dates back to ancient Greek times; in his Symposium, Plato wrote about a theory that humans initially came with four arms, four legs, and one head with two faces. Zeus, intimidated by this, split the body in half, which caused them to spend their lives searching for the other half in hopes of becoming one entity once again. But in modern concepts, it’s a romantic idea that captivates audiences with the thought that, there aren’t plenty of fish in the sea, but truly, one perfect person out there waiting for us to refer to them as our better half.

But is there a science attributed to soulmates that we should take into consideration? Is it possible to really find “the one”?

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It’s not the type of dinner conversation people like to bring up with their significant others around — mostly because you can easily discover some interesting things about one another. For instance, one might suggest that monogamy is not in their nature and that they don’t believe we, as a human race, should have such boundaries. Others could take this personally, scoffing at the idea and assuming their partner to be the opposite of the person they assumed they were. But let’s get real for a second.

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Rafael Wlodarski, who is a physiologist at the University of Oxford, revealed that a mere 30 percent of primates and three percent of mammals are monogamous. For the study, Wlodarski and his colleagues took a look at the sexual attitudes of 600 British and American men and women, most notably in regards to their desire to partake in short-term affairs or casual sex. “When we looked at the data, it has this very weird shape,” Wlodarski noted. ” Rather than it being a whole gamut of mating strategies, there seem to be two potential phenotypes within males and within females.” This means that, as much as we love to put humans in a box, the reality is, we’re more complicated than that, making the idea of “normal” just that — an idea.


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  1. 10153179707146536@facebook.com' Donna Coulombe says:

    No, nope, Nuhuh, now way hozehhh

  2. 924920727556767@facebook.com' Leticia Manila says:

    Yes I do believe in soul mate…..

  3. 10207510449253553@facebook.com' Carole Javaux says:

    I certainly do. Had one. There’s a spiritual connection you have with your soulmate that goes way beyond earthly love and it lasts forever.

  4. 10153100254165922@facebook.com' Robert Smith says:

    soulmates are very rarely born in the same century !!

  5. 158431467858033@facebook.com' Linda Trimble says:


  6. jwr3281@hotmail.com' JayR says:

    Yes….but, it’s far more complicated than it’s described in just about anything you read on the subject. Most sources of information are not scholarly or philosophical/spiritually-based, but rather authored by moony, lovestruck people claiming to have found their other halves. It’s a romanticized concept that many people have misinterpreted as being the one and only perfect partner/spouse that they MUST find in this lifetime in order to be complete.

    In actuality, twin flames are a fundamental principle of creationism where both halves separated before descending into the dense spheres of the matter universe, and on a core level, are on a quest to reunify/reconstitute. The big question is does such a reunion take place while incarnated in a physical body? Basically, do twins actually MEET one another while alive and then form a union (relationship)? I can’t think of many examples in recorded human history where such a *premature* reunion took place, only because it defies the very essence of what it was originally. Every relationship in this realm, on this earth plane is by definition imperfect, because human beings in their individuality and separate bodies cannot truly merge back into one. That is a process that awaits us in the afterlife.

    As for who might one’s twin flame actually be, astrology might be an avenue worth pursuing, even if it doesn’t lead to actual recognition of that other soul. Problem is that any rules of synastry have not been confirmed, so it can’t be stated with any certainty that one’s twin would be, say, a specific sun sign based on your own, etc.

    At the end of the day, again, I would say YES — everyone has a twin flame. I can only speculate, but I presume that the reunion will be akin to finding/knowing God, since it will be the apex of our very existence. Unfortunately, we ALL will have to wait for that, since it was not intended for this life. We are here to learn and it is actually our incompleteness that was our gift at birth, because it forces us to learn humility, compassion, and love in its highest form. We would have no reason to pursue these virtues if we had been born complete.

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