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Parasocial relationships refer to one-sided relationships with celebrity, a prominent person in the community or a fictional character, when a fan knows everything about the subject of their adoration and...

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Relationships: Parasocial Relationships

During the last decade, social media has increasingly become an important part of everyday life. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter have millions of people logging in every day; many...

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Relationships: Virtual Relationships

Many people view relationship breakdown as a one-off event that just happens when one partner decides to leave a relationship. However, social psychologist Steven Duck (2007) suggested that relationship dissolution is...

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Relationships: Duck's Phase Model of Relationship Breakdown

The Investment Model was put forward by Rusbult et al. (2001), as a development of Social Exchange Theory. The rationale for developing SET further was that many couples stay together despite...

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Relationships: Investment Model

Unlike Social Exchange Theory that argues how people try to maximise rewards and minimise costs in relationships, Equity Theory suggests that partners are concerned about fairness in relationships. Fairness is...

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Relationships: Equity Theory

Social exchange theory is one of the so-called ‘economic’ theories of relationships. Economic theories describe relationships as a series of exchanges aiming at balancing rewards and costs.

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Relationships: Social Exchange Theory

When choosing a partner, people start by looking at the options that are available.  However, not everyone who is available will be equally attractive, so people usually apply some criteria...

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Relationships: Filter Theory

Partner choice in romantic relationships is influenced by many factors. It seems that one of the most important factors for the development of relationships is feeling secure enough around the...

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Relationships: Self-disclosure as a Factor Affecting Attraction in Romantic Relationships

Psychologists have long noticed that physical attractiveness plays a major part in the formation of relationships, and proposed various explanations of why this is the case.

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Relationships: Physical Attractiveness

Evolutionary approaches explain human behaviour in terms of adaptiveness and reproductive success. These approaches argue that if a behavioural feature (for example, aggression) has been genetically inherited by one generation...

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Relationships: Sexual Selection and Human Reproductive Behaviour

A superb twenty minute video from Peter Collett broadcast on Sky News. He examines the tell-tale body language signs of Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Vladimir...

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Body language secrets of key figures of 2017


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