Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Personality and Romantic Attraction

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_717-2



Romantic attraction is a complex and multifaceted construct. It refers to positive reactions toward a potential romantic partner, usually at initial or early-stage encounters in which no close relationship has been established yet. Positive reactions toward a potential partner may include positive thoughts and beliefs (cognitive component), positive feelings and emotions (affective component), a desire to approach the other (motivational component), and also behavioral reactions, such as standing or sitting closer (behavioral component; Wurst and Back 2018). As romantic attraction may motivate further contact with a potential partner, it can constitute a basis on which new romantic relationships form. Thus, choices such as expressing interest in seeing a potential partner again in dating contexts like speed or online dating can be viewed as indicators of romantic interest....


Romantic Attraction Asendorpf Romantic Interest Attractive Others Potential Romantic Partners 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GoettingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Humboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • John F. Rauthmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA