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Repulsion Hypothesis

 

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Description

We prefer people who have similar attitudes to us. We can get on with people whose attitudes are moderately different, but we will be repulsed by people whose attitudes are particularly different from us.

When looking for friends, we will first exclude people whose attitudes are outside of an acceptable range, before looking more positively for closer friends.

Example

This is one of the reasons why people from different cultures and countries are repulsed by behaviors such as public executions and eating different foods.

So what?

Using it

Beware of holding extreme attitudes as you may fall the first hurdle of friendship. If you cannot get to be a good friend with a person, by being moderate, you can at least get to talk with them.

See also

Law of Attraction, Love, Two-stage decision

References

Rosenbaum (1986)

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