7-13-11 - Hart1130 7/13/11 Romantic Relationships Romantic...

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Hart1130 7/13/11 Romantic Relationships Romantic Relationships - A chosen interpersonal involvement forged through CMH in which both participants perceive the bond as romantic - Initiated and maintained by choice Factors of Development 1. Physical proximity a. Being in one another’s presence frequently plays important role in romantic attraction 2. Beautiful-is-good effect a. People are attracted o those they perceive as physically appealing b. Beautiful people seen as competent communicators and intelligent c. Less likely to form relationships with people we judge to be substantially different from ourselves in physical attractiveness (matching) 3. Birds-of-a-feather effect a. We are attracted to those we perceive as similar to ourselves b. Similarity leads to comfort 4. Social exchange theory a. Benefits vs. costs Relational Stages - Mark Knapp - Described that there are 5 stages of coming together and 5 stages of pulling apart - Relationships can end at any stage - *see graph in book Stages of building a relationship: 1. Initiating a. Greetings b. Indications that there is an opening for CMN c. Assess possible similarities d. Positive impressions 2. Experimenting a. Safe topics b. Small talk c. “auditioning” yourself d. Flirting
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