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Hey everyone! I have a bit of trouble outlining and evaluating the Similarity model for the formation of relationships for psychology. I have done an outline but I feel like it's not really clear and I don't know if I wrote it in the exam it would get me full credit. Would anyone be able to give me feedback? Here's my outline: According to the model of Similarity (Byrne et al., 1986) individuals are attracted to people who have similar attitudes and personality traits to their own. Byrne et al. suggested that relationships are therefore formed through 2 stages. Firstly, 'potential partners' are eliminated based on dissimilarity. In other words, if certain people's personality and attitudes are too different from the individual, they are avoided. Afterwards, the individual chooses a partner from those remaining, whose personality or attitudes are more similar to their own. Having similar personality leads to more long-term relationships and happier couples ( Caspi and Herbener (1990)). Having different attitudes can lead to disagreement, therefore if individuals do not have the same attitudes, one or both partners go through a process of attitude alignment, where they modify their attitudes to become similar. This allows for the relationship to develop further. Byrne et al's similarity model therefore emphasizes the importance of similar attitudes and personality for a relationship to form and develop. I don't know about evaluation :confused:
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