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Initial Attraction & Physical Attraction There are three main principles that apply to initial attraction: similarity, reciprocity, and beauty (physical attractiveness) (Luo, 2009). The first principle, similarity, is when individuals are attracted to another person because they have similar characteristics. Being attracted to someone who has similar qualities is common amongst people who generally like themselves. If you have certain characteristics about yourself that you admire, you will most likely look for those qualities in a potential mate. If you like yourself, you will want to find someone else who has similar qualities. Similar individuals have the potential of forming a balanced system, which is comforting and familiar (Luo, 2009). Similar attitudes create positive feelings, while different attitudes produce feelings of negativity (Singh, 2008). When you find out that you have things in common with someone else, you become more attracted to that person. Not only do people search for a potential mate who shares similar aspects and commonalities, but people generally like strangers who have comparable attitudes to theirs. If a stranger has a similar attitude to us, then there is a better chance that the stranger will be attracted to us as well. We draw conclusions when we first meet someone and infer the stranger’s
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