I still loved him but I broke up with him when I realized it wasn't fair to him that he was with someone so shallow and deserved a girl who was attracted to him in ALL ways.
Then, a few months later right on cue... I met my latest ex. It was the opposite with him. I was and unfortunately still am EXTREMELY physically attracted to him. But I just knew in my gut he wasn't right for me and I broke up with him after realizing I didn't see any kind of future with him. He was pretty immature with a LOT of mental illnesses (I have two of my own so I'm not judging him for the illnesses btw) and I didn't feel safe around him at all like I did with my first ex. And unlike my first ex, he did hurt/upset me at times. But the sex was out of this world.
With my 1st ex I have a strong emotional/mental connection and with my 2nd I have a strong physical/sexual connection. It seems like the first should win out so WHYYYY is my 2nd ex the only one on my mind? I hate myself for this. Both of them want to get back together and of course I want to be with my first because I know he's my soulmate but that wouldn't be fair to him when I'm constantly pining over my 2nd. I feel so shallow and primal that my body is winning over my heart. Is this normal? Why is it like this? How can I change this, it disgusts me?
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I know why, but a long detailed explanation won't change anything. To summarize, it has a lot to do with the lizard part of the brain, possibly a little to do with the ego, some of it is due to learned conditioning from society and some of the hidden messages pushed without you realizing (when younger), but mostly it is to do with the unconscious drive to find the physically superior mate to pass your DNA on to (even if you don't want kids).
It's a similar reason why practically all men find certain physical traits and ages more attractive.
But... oh this is turning into a long one... BUT, some of it is due to the ego. Let me ask you this simple question. Can you stop thinking for even 20 seconds? Try it, think of nothing for 20 seconds...
If the answer is no, then the ego is part of the reason (in my opinion).