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"The socio-biological theory suggests that we form relationships with people who we feel will be best for the survival of our genes, men select women who are fertile, and women pick men who are able to provide for a child, as well as fertility"
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Matching Hypothesis Coursework
There are a number of different theories about the formation of relationships, such as the equity theory, and the socio-biological theory. The socio-biological theory suggests that we form relationships with people who we feel will be best for the survival of our genes, men select women who are fertile, and women pick men who are able to provide for a child, as well as fertility. The equity theory suggests that when a relationship is first being formed, we calculate how equal the relationship is in terms of praise and rewards. The more equal the relationship is, the happier the couple. A similar theory to this is the exchange theory, which suggests that before a relationship is formed, people weigh up all of the benefits and disadvantages of the relationship, and calculates whether it is worth pursuing. In some ways this theory can be linked in with the matching theory. If someone sees someone more attractive than himself or herself, they may calculate the benefits of the relationship, against the negative effects of being rejected, as well as the high possibility of being rejected. So, people will
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