Publication Type

Encyclopaedia

Publication Date

1-2010

Abstract

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"—so wrote Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice. From classic literature to contemporary screenplays, from the latest celebrity news to office gossip, it is nearly impossible to escape the pervasive topic of romantic relationships. Indeed, the pursuit of mates consumes a significant portion of our time and energy, and for good reason—mates give us companionship, pleasure, comfort, security, and even health benefits. As we discuss in this article, there are two major theoretical perspectives for understanding mate selection. Although these perspectives have different explanations for people's mate choices, both agree that who one selects as a mate depends largely on the type of relationship one seeks and the characteristics one desires.

Keywords

Mate selection, Psychology, Human mate selection

Discipline

Personality and Social Contexts

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Editor

Weiner, Irving B.; Craighead, W. Edward

Edition

4th ed.

ISBN

9780470479216

Identifier

10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy053

Publisher

Wiley

City or Country

Hoboken, NJ

Additional URL

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/528701259

Comments

4th ed.

Share

COinS