Interpersonal attraction is the positive evaluation of another person in initial or early-stage encounters in which no close relationship has been established (yet). Interpersonal attraction can be considered synonymous to (instantaneously) taking a liking to someone. Experiences of interpersonal attraction occur across the whole lifespan, and their importance cannot be overestimated: Feelings of interpersonal attraction are the major determinant for initiating, maintaining, or deepening the social relationships that people sustain across their lives and that make up an essential part of their well-being. This entry first focuses on the characteristics of interpersonal attraction and then provides an overview of the most important factors that influence whether interpersonal attraction emerges.

Characteristics of Interpersonal Attraction

People experience interpersonal attraction to all kinds of people (e.g., opposite-sex as well as ...

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