The Liking Gap in Conversations: Do People Like Us More Than We Think?

  title={The Liking Gap in Conversations: Do People Like Us More Than We Think?},
  author={Erica J. Boothby and Gus Cooney and Gillian M. Sandstrom and Margaret S Clark},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={1742 - 1756}
Having conversations with new people is an important and rewarding part of social life. Yet conversations can also be intimidating and anxiety provoking, and this makes people wonder and worry about what their conversation partners really think of them. Are people accurate in their estimates? We found that following interactions, people systematically underestimated how much their conversation partners liked them and enjoyed their company, an illusion we call the liking gap. We observed the… 

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