Fostering Relational Closeness Via Shared Extraordinary Experiences

Kate Min, Cornell University, USA
Soo Kim, Cornell University, USA
We demonstrate that sharing extraordinary (vs. ordinary) experiences foster interpersonal closeness (even in a new relationship), which is driven by the (mis)conception that one is knowledgeable of who the other is (such as knowing his/her unique preferences). We find that relationship type (new vs. old) is an important boundary condition.
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Kate Min and Soo Kim (2015) ,"Fostering Relational Closeness Via Shared Extraordinary Experiences", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 43, eds. Kristin Diehl and Carolyn Yoon, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 639-639.