Social Psychology Attraction Interpersonal attraction refers to positive feelings about another person. It can take many forms, including liking, love, friendship, lust, and admiration. Influences Many factors influence whom people are attracted to. They include physical attractiveness, proximity, similarity, and reciprocity: • Physical attractiveness: Research shows that romantic attraction is primarily determined by physical attractiveness. In the early stages of dating, people are more attracted to partners whom they consider to be physically attractive. Men are more likely to value physical attractiveness than are women. 1. People’s perception of their own physical attractiveness also plays a role in romantic love. The matching hypothesis proposes that people tend to pick partners who are about equal in level of attractiveness to themselves. • Proximity: People are more likely to become friends with people who are geographically close. One explanation for this is the mere exposure effect. The
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