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Self-Esteem, interpersonal attraction, opposites, psychology, personality


Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Interpersonal attraction is a topic that is of much interest for its value to human happiness. In this study, 72 undergraduate psychology students (22 males and 50 females) volunteered as subjects. The subjects completed a packet of six questionnaires, including the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Eysenck Personality three adjective checklists (describing self, romantic interest and close friend), and a hypothetical measure of attraction. The packets falling into the tip and bottom tertiles for the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the Eysenck Personality Inventory were retained for subsequent analyses. Three hypotheses were proposed: the majority of subjects would report attraction to individuals with high self-esteem, subjects with high self-esteem would be attracted to those similar to them in personality, and subjects with low self-esteem would report attraction to those possessing the opposite personality trait (introversion/extroversion). Only the hypothesis that individuals would be attracted to people with high self-esteem was supported. While, Hypothesis II and III were not supported, it was found that the most important variable for attraction was extroversion. Several possible explanations for the results were provided.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status