SOCY320structuralbalancetheory

SOCY320structuralbalancetheory - Lauren Thomas April 15,...

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Lauren Thomas April 15, 2008 SOCY 320 Applying the Principles of Balance paper Structural balance theory can be applied to different types of relationships with various people throughout our lives. The idea of structural balance theory was initially proposed by Fritz Heider. Relations among certain people characterize interactions that occur within a social system. A good example of the balance theory would be a parent and a child. The child brings home a gift that you would normally not have a taste for that they made themselves but you love the gift because you love your child. In this situation you are the P (person), the child is the O (other) and the gift is the X. Heider’s structural balance theory can be applied to relationships with people or things or just people and always require 3 or more people. Heider’s balance theory is based on the principal of reciprocity that if a person likes you then they are likely to like you back, also if they like you they are generally more likely to like your friends too.
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