Title

Human Mating

Publication Type

Encyclopaedia

Publication Date

1-2012

Abstract

Theories and empirical findings of human mating are addressed in this article. Because of differential parental investment, men generally prefer short-term mating and women generally prefer long-term mating, and therefore must negotiate between their differential ideals. Booty-calls, friends-with-benefits, and consensual nonmonogamy are presented as compromises between male and female relationship type ideals. Sexual conflict in the form of infidelity, jealousy, sexual harassment, and rape occur when there is a break-down in negotiations. The adaptive reasons behind these behaviors and preferences are explored.

Keywords

Evolutionary psychology, Hybrid relationships, Long-term mating, Mating, Monogamy, Physical attractiveness, Polygamy, Rape, Romantic relationships, Sex differences, Sexual conflict, Sexual harassment, Short-term mating, Social status

Discipline

Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior

Editor

Ramachandran, V. S.

First Page

371

Last Page

377

Edition

2nd ed.

ISBN

9780123750006

Identifier

10.1016/B978-0-12-375000-6.00195-6

Publisher

Elsevier

City or Country

St. Louis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-375000-6.00195-6