Attractions / The Psychology of Attraction- Jessica & John

Topic: Attractions / The Psychology of Attraction

Posted by: Jessica & John

Key Terms:

  • Mere exposure effect : the phenomenon that repeated exposure to novel stimuli increases liking of them.

Summary:

  • There are three factors that affect our liking for one another: proximity, physical attractiveness, and similarity of attitudes.
  • Proximity - geographic nearness - is the most powerful predictor of friendship. It provides opportunities for aggression. Because of mere exposure effect, the phenomenon that repeated exposure to novel stimuli increases liking of them, proximity is conducive to attraction.
  • Physical Attractiveness - Physical Attractiveness is the most affective factor of your first impression. We perceive attractive people to be healthier, happier, more sensitive, more successful, and more socially skilled, though not more honest or compassionate. However, self-esteem and happiness is unrelated to people's attractiveness. Physical attractiveness influences social opportunities and they way one is perceived.
  • Similarity - The last factor is similarity and it greatly increases liking.
  • Proximity, physical attractiveness, similarity are not the only determinants of attraction. When people believe someone likes us, we respond to them more warmly, which leads them to like us more.

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