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I think the most obvious match to what you are talking about in terms of social psychology terminology is cognitive dissonance theory. This theory covers a lot of phenomena, but in relation to friendship an attitude formation, it suggests that we will tend to like what our friends like in order to achieve a state of belief consistency. From a more ...


I don't know of direct research on these exact beliefs, but since you've asked, I'll offer some indirect theoretical support for a positive correlation hypothesis. First, I'll reframe your belief constructs in terms of known and studied phenomena. 1) Everyone has to take care of himself; it's not mandatory for people to be nice and good, it's mandatory ...

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