Hard-to-Get Phenomenon

Eli J Finkel, Paul W. Eastwick

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Abstract

The hard-to-get phenomenon refers to the notion, held across diverse cultures and espoused by sources ranging from Socrates to Ovid to the Kama Sutra, that individuals experience greater attraction to a person who is or seems difficult to attract than to a person who is or seems easy to attract. Although theorizing on the hard-to-get phenomenon dates back to ancient times, the phenomenon did not receive empirical attention until the 1970s. This entry briefly reviews and evaluates the empirical research on the hard-to-get phenomenon in romantic contexts.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Human Relationships
EditorsHarry T. Reis, Susan Sprecher
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, CA
PublisherSAGE Publications, Inc
Pages788-790
Number of pages3
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic)9781412958479
ISBN (Print)9781412958462
StatePublished - 2009

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