03 Jan 2019

Gain-loss theory of interpersonal attraction

An attempt to formulate a theory that takes account of changes in people’s liking for each other. It suggests that increases or decreases in the rewarding behaviour we receive from another person have more effect on us than a constant level of liking or disliking. Thus, we like best someone who starts out negatively in our estimation and becomes more positive, and we like least a person who starts out positive and becomes negative.

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