JEALOUSY INDUCTION: WHICH TACTICS ARE PERCEIVED AS MOST EFFECTIVE?

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Abstract

The current research was conducted to determine which of type of jealousy induction tactics are considered most effective. One hundred eighteen participants responded to a questionnaire that included jealousy induction tactics, demographic questions, and social desirability measures. Based on prior evolutionary theory based research on love acts indicating the importance of emotional commitment for relationships, and evolutionary theory based jealousy induction research showing that emotional tactics are used most often to induce jealousy, it was hypothesized that jealousy induction tactics related to emotional commitment would be rated as most effective for making a partner jealous. The results were consistent with the hypothesis. Jealousy induction tactics involving relational distancing were rated as most effective. The findings are discussed in terms of prior research on love acts, and jealousy induction.

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