The Factors That Influence An Individual 's Decision For Go On A Second Date

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There are numerous s factors that can influence an individual’s decision to go on a second date. Attachment theory suggests that based on early childhood attachment experiences with parents, individuals differ in their cognitions and behaviors in romantic relationships (Waters, 2004). Three predominant styles of attachment, secure, insecure-anxious and insecure-avoidant, reflect expectations about the reliability and availability of attachment figures (Hazan & Shaver, 1987). Individuals who portray secure attachment styles tend to value relationships that provide trust, comfort, and availability. In contrast, individuals with insecure-avoidant or insecure-anxious styles of attachment have difficulty recognizing, acknowledging, and/or…show more content…
It was hypothesized that, (Study 1): Partner security would be sacrificed when potential mates with undesirable qualities use flattery, (Study 2): Physical attractiveness would lead individuals to sacrifice attachment security, and (Study 3): higher social status and possessing more resources would result in selecting insecure mates. In study one, two-hundred and sixteen undergraduate students completed a self-report measure in which they rated their attraction to one of two profiles assessing the influences of receiving flattering feedback (i.e. (1) secure individual with unflattering feedback. (2) insecure individual with flattering feedback.) Flattering feedback was described as being complementary statements while unflattering feedback reflected indifference. In addition, participants completed a questionnaire assessing attachment anxiety and avoidance. Lastly, they were asked to give brief descriptions of themselves indicating their age, major, hobbies, and how they approach romantic relationships and first dates. Participants were informed that their completed profiles would be presented to four-opposite sec individuals located in another room. Upon return, the researched presented them with phony feedback sheets along with four target descriptions (i.e. 2 secure & 2 insecure) profiles of individuals of the opposite sex and asked participants to rate their level of attraction towards the person. Results revealed that
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