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Friendship Formation
Friendship formation

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

—Dale Carnegie (1936, p. 58)

This chapter focuses on the process of friendship formation. The basic question to be answered is: How do friendships get started? Showing an interest in other people is certainly part of friendship formation as Dale Carnegie says, but other factors are important as well. Specifically, for a friendship to begin, four kinds of factors must converge: environmental (being in the same place at the same time), individual, situational, and dyadic. Each set of factors will be discussed in turn, along with relevant supporting research. Then, research that has examined these ...

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