Formation of romantic relationships- RNS theory

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Reward/ need satisfaction theory

Byrne and clore (70);

  • The theory proposes people are attracted to those they find rewarding to be with as they meet an unmet need for example company.
  • It is based on operant conditioning- people form relationships with those whose presence is directly associated with reinforcement; they make them happy.
  • Relationships are formed with people that are associated with pleasant events.
  • Also based on classical conditioning- people learn to associate a person with a positive mood (neutral and unconditioned stimulus).


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