Ever wonder what your friends see in you? It might just be themselves, according to new research published in the scientific social psychology journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.
“When you have opportunity to choose your friends, you will tend to choose people who are similar to you; there’s a lot of evidence that we like similar others,” says Chris Crandall, psychology professor at the University of Kansas and co-author of the study entitled “Social Ecology of Similarity: Big Schools, Small Schools and Social Relationships.”
“It’s an amazingly powerful affect. We generally don’t make strong friendships with people we violently disagree with.”
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