Kelly Campbell, associate professor of psychology, explains why some people just seem to click with everyone they meet
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If you’ve been on even a single date, then you’ve likely taken part in some post-date analysis. Was she cute? Was he smart? Was there a spark? Did you have — as if anyone even knows what this means — chemistry?
Platonic meet-ups rarely get analyzed in as much excruciating detail — in real life or in the lab. While there’s a seemingly infinite amount of scientific papers on attraction between romantic partners, there are comparatively few on the development of friendships.
Refreshingly, a 2015 paper titled “Friendship Chemistry: An Examination of Underlying Factors” dissects the initial attraction between pals with as much rigor as is usually applied to the science of romantic connections.
The paper, published in the Social Science Journal and led by Kelly Campbell, an associate professor at California State University, San Bernardino, concludes that certain people are more likely to experience friendship chemistry, which the researchers define as “an instant connection between friends that is easy and makes the relationship seem natural.”
Those people tend to be agreeable, or friendly; open to experience; and conscientious, or hardworking and organized.
Read the complete article at “Some people seem to 'click' with everyone they meet — and a psychologist says there are a few reasons why.”