Accessibly written, this interdisciplinary book reviews theory and research on the characteristics of sexual desire, the individual physical and mental factors that influence the experience of sexual desire (hormones, age, gender, beliefs, mood), the various partner characteristics that incite sexual desire (attractiveness) and the association between sexual desire and interpersonal, relational events and experiences (romantic love). The book concludes with an examination of the personal, interpersonal and societal implications of sexual desire. Throughout, the authors draw on findings from their own body of research on sexual and romantic attraction, as well as on an extensive review of the relevant social, behavioural and medical science

Sexual Desire: The Body (Part I)

Sexual desire: The body (Part I)

A number of empirical attempts have been made to delineate and explore the correlates and presumed causal antecedents of sexual desire. The majority of researchers have focused on causes located within or under the control of the individual. In the next two chapters, we review the physical causes and correlates of sexual desire—the “body” of sexual desire. Of these presumed intraindividual, physical causes of sexual desire, hormones and hormonal processes have received the lion's share of empirical attention. Certainly, human sexuality is less biologically determined and more volitional than any reference to “raging hormones” or “puberty-stricken, sex-starved teenagers” would have us believe. Nonetheless, many young adults believe that biological and hormonal processes cause ...

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