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 Mind

Sexual desire: The mind

The last two chapters explored the variety of physical factors that contribute to and shape the experience of sexual desire. In this chapter, we focus on the “mind” of desire—the mental, emotional, and psychological antecedents and correlates of sexual desire. First, we examine the ways in which affective expectations and sociocultural norms—beliefs about what one should and will feel in a given situation with a particular person—may influence the experience and expression of sexual desire. We also consider the specific beliefs that men and women have about the nature and causes of sexual desire, a topic that only now is beginning to receive empirical attention. We end by reviewing research on the association between sexual desire and personality, ...

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