Does a Favor Request Increase Liking Toward the Requester?

  title={Does a Favor Request Increase Liking Toward the Requester?},
  author={Yu Niiya},
  journal={The Journal of Social Psychology},
  pages={211 - 221}
  • Y. Niiya
  • Published 3 March 2016
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Social Psychology
ABSTRACT Although a request for help can impose a burden on the provider and has the potential of harming a relationship, the theory of amae suggests that in fact it could help promote a stronger relationship. In an experiment, both Japanese and American participants who were asked for help from a confederate increased their liking of the confederate relative to the baseline. Sociable impression of the confederate and perceived closeness of the relationship also increased relative to the… 
Adult's amae as a tool for adjustment to a new environment
Past research has found that people of East Asian backgrounds avoid seeking help out of relational concerns. Research on amae, however, suggests that Japanese may use amae to simultaneously obtain
Better to brag: Underestimating the risks of avoiding positive self-disclosures in close relationships.
INTRODUCTION Capitalization, or disclosing positive news in close relationships, is interpersonally and intrapersonally beneficial and expected by relational partners. Why do some individuals avoid
The Four Elements of the Framework
This chapter distills the four elements that will be looked at in a holistic manner during the rest of the book, to justify the importance of maximizing the impact of the interplay between them.
A market study for small scale wind turbines in Swedish rural areas
To successfully bring an invention to the market, knowledge about the customer and understanding of the market and its environment is necessary. This study aims to create a more profound


If you need help, just ask: underestimating compliance with direct requests for help.
The authors explored the source of the bias, finding that help seekers were less willing than potential helpers were to appreciate the social costs of refusing a direct request for help, attending instead to the instrumental costs of helping.
Acceptability of Favor Requests in the United States and Japan
In previous research, the authors showed that Japanese and Americans would rather be asked to perform a favor than to have their friend solve the problem by asking someone else or getting it done
Relationship closeness and control as determinants of pleasant amae
Japanese often find it pleasant when someone engages in amae, defined as an inappropriate request with the expectation of acceptance. Using a random sampling survey, we examined why Japanese adults
Interpersonal Perception as a Function of Help-Seeking
This study was designed to test the hypothesis that people have a less favorable attitude toward individuals who seek help from others than toward those who act in a self-reliant manner. Two sets of
Effects of being kind or harsh to another on liking.
The hypothesis that being kind to someone, in comparison to being harsh, would lead to the self-perception of greater liking for the target of kindness was tested. Twenty-four male subjects, serving
Toward a more complete understanding of the reciprocity of liking effect
It is proposed that the reciprocation of interpersonal attraction is a multifaceted process involving affective, cognitive, and behavioral elements, and that reciprocation can be interpreted using
Culture and social support: who seeks it and why?
It is revealed that relationship concerns accounted for the cultural differences in use of support seeking and the potential benefits and liabilities of seeking social support.
Pursuit of Comfort and Pursuit of Harmony: Culture, Relationships, and Social Support Seeking
Findings underscore the importance of culturally divergent relationship patterns in understanding social support transactions and the tendency to seek support and expect social support to be helpful as related to concerns about relationships.
Culture and social support.
Evidence that Asians and Asian Americans are more reluctant to explicitly ask for support from close others than are European Americans because they are more concerned about the potentially negative relational consequences of such behaviors is presented.
Amae in Japan and the United States: an exploration of a "culturally unique" emotion.
The experience of an emotion considered to be culturally unique (i.e., Japanese Amae) was tested in the United States, where there is no word to describe the concept, and Americans felt more in control when asked for a favor than when not asked.