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Chapter 9 notes- Attraction

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Ingrid L.Stefanovic

Chapter 9 Interpersonal Attraction -One of the simplest determinants of interpersonal attraction is proximity. -The people who, by change, you see and interact with most often are most likely to become your friends and lovers Propinquity Effect - The finding that the more we see and interact with people, the more likely they are to become our friends - Refer to the apartmentresident example -the propinquity effect works because of familiarity, or also known as: Mere Exposure Effect - The finding that the more exposure we have to a stimulus, the more we like it. - We see certain people a lot, and the more familiar they become, the more friendship blooms. - Of course if you feel negatively toward the person in question, then, not surprisingly, the more exposure you have to him or her, the greater your dislike. -propinquity may soon no longer be a prerequisite for the formation of relationships. This is due to the existence of online communication via messenger or dating website or via phone. Similarity - we dont become good friends with everyone who is near us in physical space - The fuel is similarity- the match between our interests, background, attitudes, and values of those of the other person. - We are more attracted to people who are like us. (or are we attracted to those who are our opposites? This is known as Complementarity) - Similarity in terms of values and attitudes is an important predictor of attraction in both friendships and romantic relationships. - Not very pleasant to interact with someone who disagrees with us on everything, but opposite when both the people feel the same way on important issues, thus we find it more enjoyable to spend time with that person.
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