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Mating Game A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage

ISBN-10: 1412957052
ISBN-13: 9781412957052
Edition: 2nd 2008
Authors: Pamela C. Regan
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Description: Love, sexuality, and mate selection are fundamental human experiences. Inherently linked, they are best understood in relation to one another. Yet most of the current texts on love and marriage are written from a purely psychological perspective,  More...

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Book details

List price: $73.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/20/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Love, sexuality, and mate selection are fundamental human experiences. Inherently linked, they are best understood in relation to one another. Yet most of the current texts on love and marriage are written from a purely psychological perspective, while those on human sexuality tend to be written from a biological or physiological perspective. The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage combines theory and research from a wide array of disciplines to explore these three major aspects of human mating dynamics. This engaging, interdisciplinary primer is divided into four parts that encompass a wide range of theoretical and empirical work: Part One considers the topic of love, Part Two examines relational sexuality, Part Three focuses on mate selection and marriage, and Part Four summarizes individual differences in relationship orientation. Key FeaturesExplanations of theory and research from a variety of social and behavioral sciences that highlight the links between these interrelated topics Extensive measurement instruments and an understanding of how to interpret research Provocative examples and anecdotes to capture the attention of students Chapter outlines, lists of key terms and concepts, section introductions, chapter summaries, recommended readings, and discussion questions Strongly grounded in methodology and research design, The Mating Game provides a comprehensive review of the nature of love, the role ofsex in relationships, and theories of human attraction. Pamela C. Regan presents inclusive information collected from both cross cultural and multicultural samples. Designed to promote active learning and spark debate for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in courses on Interpersonal or Close Relationships, Marriage and Family, and Human Sexuality, The Mating Game is also an indispensable resource for psychologists, therapists, and health professionals.

Dr. Aleta Bezzic works as a chiropractor to support her passion for writing. She owns a home in Oklahoma, but currently resides in Dubai, UAE with her daughter and their numerous pets. LONGSHOT is her first novel. Visit the author's website at www.aletaslifeontour.blogspot.com

Preface
Acknowledgments
Mating Relationships
Mate Preferences
Theoretical Approaches to Human Mating
Methods Used to Examine Mate Preferences
Empirical Evidence
Continuing Debates
Summary
Attraction and Courtship
Communicating Romantic Interest
The First Date
Beyond the First Date: Initiating a Romantic Relationship
Pathways to Commitment
Summary
Relationship Development
The Sequence of Relationship Development
The Process of Relationship Development
Summary
Marriage and Mate Selection
Mating Systems Across Cultures
The Nature of Marriage
Division of Labor
Marital Satisfaction: How Happy are Married Couples?
Has Marriage Changed Over Time?
Same-Sex Marriage
Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage
Summary
Conflict and Dissolution
Conflict
Relationship Dissolution
Summary
Intervention
Identifying Distressed Relationships
Treating Distressed Relationships
Does Therapy Work?
Summary
Love
General Theories of Love
The Triangular Theory of Love
The Colors (Styles) of Love
The Prototype Approach: Mental Models of Love
Summary
Passionate and Companionate Love
Passionate Love: A "Sexy" Kind of Love
Companionate Love: A "Sturdy" Kind of Love
Summary
Love Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Love
Unrequited Passionate Love
Obsession and Relational Stalking
Mismatched Love Styles
Loss of Passion
Summary
Sex
Sexual Attitudes
Beliefs About Sex in Dating Relationships
Beliefs About Sex in Marital Relationships
Summary
Sex in Beginning Relationships
Sexuality and the Attraction Process
Sexuality in Beginning Relationships
Summary
Sex in Established Relationships
Sexual Frequency
Sexual Practices
Sexual Preferences
Sexual Satisfaction
Sexual Communication
Sexuality and Relationship Satisfaction
Summary
Sex Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Relational Sex
Sexual Dissatisfaction
Sexual Aggression
Sexual Infidelity
Sexual Jealousy
Summary
Individual Differences
Maleness and Femaleness
Biological Sex
Psychological Gender or Sex Role Orientation
Summary
Personality
Supertraits
Self-Monitoring
Sociosexual Orientation
Summary
Chapter16. Interpersonal Belief Systems
Attachment Styles
Rejection Sensitivity
Romanticism
Summary
Concluding Remarks
References
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author

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