Interpersonal Attraction

  1. The propinquity effect is a factor in creating interpersonal attraction. The more we see and interact with a person, the more likely he or she is to become our friend or sexual partner.
  2. The mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them.
  3. Intimacy generally refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together. It is a familiar and very close affective connection with another as a result of a bond that is formed through knowledge and experience of the other.
  4. Self-disclosure is a process of communication by which one person reveals information about himself or herself to another.
  5. Reciprocity refers to responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind actions.
  6. Role theory is a perspective that considers most of everyday activity to be the acting out of socially defined categories (e.g., mother, manager, teacher).
  7. The three components of love, according to the triangular theory of love, are an intimacy component, a passion component, and a decision/commitment component.
    Image shows the 3 properties of love and how it creates the 7 different loves according to theory.

    The 3 properties of love and how they create 7 different loves according to the triangular theory of love.














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