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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: The "Tinder" app logo is seen amongst other dating apps on a mobile phone screen on November 24, 2016 in London, England. Following a number of deaths linked to the use of anonymous online dating apps, the police have warned users to be aware of the risks involved, following the growth in the scale of violence and sexual assaults linked to their use. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

If friends have ever accused you of having a “type” when it comes to dating, there’s actually some truth behind your repeated preference.

Despite claiming you’ll never go out again with someone like your ex, a new multi-year study of 332 people finds that you probably will anyway.

“Our research suggests there’s a strong tendency to nevertheless continue to date a similar personality,” writes lead author Yoobin Park in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Co-author Geoff MacDonald notes, “The degree of consistency from one relationship to the next suggests that people may indeed have a ‘type’,” adding, you may want to rethink which traits you’re gravitating toward if you constantly have problems with partners.

Do you have a “type”? How did you break out of bad dating patterns?