Power of Love

Power of Love and Relationships
Linda Bishop
301 Social Psychology
Michelle Andes
PSY301: Social Psychology (COF15

According to research, psychologist have identified the factors of attraction as similarities, matching hypothesis, physical attractiveness, exposure, equitable, and playing hard to get. Similarities are being attracted to an individual who shares the same features, attitude, and values as themselves. The same goes for matching hypothesis were individuals desire a relationship with someone who is close to them in physical attractiveness. People also tend to get along better and gravitate toward people that they find physical attractive. Attractiveness appears to be a most important factor for initial phases of a relationship. Many times relationships are based on physical attractiveness.

The Mere Exposure Effect states that the more we are exposed to something the more we come to like it. Relationships usually occur because individuals become familiar with the individual. In social psychology, this effect is sometimes called the familiarity principle. In studies of interpersonal attraction, the more often a person is seen by someone, the more pleasing and likeable that person appears to be. Another factor of attraction is equitable. The equity theory is not the overall amount one receives from a relationship that is important; it is whether or not what one gives and what one gets are equal. No one wants to be in a one-sided relationship were they put more into it than the other.

Human beings need to build bonds and relationships in order to feel like they are needed or accepted. This need to belong can be seen in the ease with which we form social bonds and the trouble we have breaking those bonds. Humans also build bonds in order to feel secure and accepted. Emotions play a big part in needing to build bonds and relationships. Some human beings may not have had good relationships growing up...