Interpersonal Attraction

Interpersonal attraction is a relationship between two people characterized by a general liking but with a range of variations that can include respect, love, lust, and affection (this is not necessarily a romantic attraction but can be platonic as well). There are many factors that can influence interpersonal attraction. Research has shown that contrary to the saying "opposites attract" people are typically attracted to people who are similar in attitudes and beliefs. Individuals are attracted to people who make them feel good or that they receive a benefit from. Propinquity plays an important role in interpersonal attraction in that more exposure to a person makes you more likely to be attracted to and like that person. Repeated exposure creates familiarity which increases the likelihood of interpersonal attraction.

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