Interpersonal Attraction

Interpersonal attraction can be defined as the force acting between two people that brings them together to form friendships and other types of relationships. Interpersonal attraction is thought of in terms of how much one likes, dislikes, or hates another person. Attraction to another can vary from extreme attraction to extreme repulsion (1). Interpersonal attraction is frequently measured using the “Interpersonal Attraction Judgment Scale,” which measures and distinguishes between dimensions of attractiveness such as: intelligence, knowledge of current events, morality, adjustment, likeability, and desirability as a work partner (2).


1. Berscheid, E., Hatfield, E. (1969) Interpersonal attraction. Reading: Addison-Wesley.

2. Bryne, D., Griffitt, (1973) “Interpersonal Attraction“, Annual Review of Psychology, February. 16-336.