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Field of Eligibles and Availables

  • By: David M. Klein, Clint Elison & Michael Tormey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Humans seek relationship partners, and eventually mates, according to principles that help to narrow the universe of possibilities to a final choice. At least three general concepts are useful when thinking about how this winnowing process works: eligibles, availables, and desirables. ...

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