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 Partner and the Relationship

Sexual desire: The partner and the relationship

In the quest to identify the causal antecedents of sexual desire, researchers have given most of their attention to internal or intraindividual factors. In the last three chapters, we reviewed research on the physical (e.g., hormonal processes, age, health, drug use) and mental (e.g., beliefs, expectations, emotions, personality) variables that may affect an individual and his or her feelings of sexual desire. However, sexual desire also is affected by external events and phenomena. In the present chapter, we explore these external causes of desire, including characteristics associated with the partner or desired other, factors located in the physical surroundings or environment, and factors that reside in the relationship between the desiring individual ...

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