At Popularity Explained, we believe that anyone who has been through school will relate to the content of this website. We believe that the reader will also come to appreciate that the psychological forces underlying the phenomenon of popularity are not unique to adolescents. Anywhere there are people, there is potential for popularity: at work, at home, and even in retirement.
Take a look through our chapter summaries to learn more about this fascinating topic:
Attraction, Liking, & Attachment
Attraction, liking, and attachment are not synonymous. In fact, each has a unique neural signature and results in different behaviours. Because each originates from a different area in the brain, all three can be dissociated resulting in some odd and interesting behaviour.
People underestimate how much the situation drives their behaviour. This important factor should never be ignored. In fact, it is the specific circumstances found in grade school that allow the phenomenon of popularity to reach its full fruition. Anywhere the grade school context is approximated, glimmers of popularity will re-emerge.
Friendship and the Genesis of Cliques
No book on the subject of grade school social dynamics would be complete without a discussion of friendship and cliques. These expansive subjects are discussed together because the same predictors — proximity, similarity, and attraction — apply to both. The exact and specific reasons why two people bond are innumerable but that doesn’t mean meaningful predictions cannot be made.
Some Questions Answered
Why does popularity emerge in every generation around the world? Why do popular students get away with being arrogant jerks? Why does sex always complicate things? How can popularity be experienced in five minutes or less? These and 18 other questions are answered in chapter 11 of the book.