Social Interaction

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Social Interaction §  Mechanisms §  Personality Characteristics §  Mate Selection §  Sex Differences
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Three Mechanisms of Social  Interaction Selection, Evocation, Manipulation p Personality characteristics of others  influence whether we select them as dates,  friends, or marriage partners. p Own personality characteristics play role in  kinds of situations we select to enter and  stay in.
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Personality Characteristics Desired in a  Marriage Partner p Mutual attraction/love is the most favored  characteristic. p Almost as important are personality characteristics  of dependable character, emotional stability,  pleasing disposition. p Assortative mating:  People are married to people who are similar to  themselves. 
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Do People Get the Mates  They Want? p People seem to get mates they want in terms of  personality. p Partner’s personality had a large effect on marital  satisfaction. p People are especially happy if they are married to  partners high on agreeableness, emotional stability,  and openness.
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Personality and the Selective Breakup of Couples p According to violation of desire theory break-ups  should be more common when one’s desires are violated  than when they are fulfilled. p People actively seek mates who are dependable and  emotionally stable, and those who fail to choose such  mates are at risk for divorce. p Those who fail to get what they want—including a mate  who is similar—tend to selectively break-up more often  than those who get what they want.
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Shyness and the Selection
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