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Factors Related to Attraction

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Factors Related to Attraction -Propinquity -refers to geographic closeness -you will tend to be attracted to those you are around most often, and less attracted to those you are around less often (all other forces being equal) -ex. Her son has a crush on a girl (in middle school) and he was going to have his friend tell her that he liked her...finding out class schedules and being there so she sees you -strongest predictor of romantic attachment within organizations -Similarity -research supports the idea that similarity increases attraction -opposites attract, but don’t stay together -thus, birds of a feather flock together (BOF Effect) -you’re attracted to people that are similar to you -people do assume (wrongly) that if you are similar in these things, you’re also going to be similar in other things -3 qualifications to BOF Effect -perceived similarity does not equal actual similarity -you overestimate similarities compared to attractive people, you underestimate similarities compared to ugly people -only applies if it is a quality you like about yourself -different types of similarity influence attraction -Neimeyer & Mitchell -described 3 basic types of similarity -attitude (tastes and preferences...music, food, etc.) -personality (extraversion, agreeableness, etc.) -value (morals, ethics, etc.)
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-findings of Neimeyer & Mitchell -examined initial attraction and long-term attraction -attitude similarity was best predictor of initial attraction -personality and value similarity were best predictors of long- term attraction and relational stability -ex. Steve and Kelly are different, she wants to go out
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