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The Mating Game is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. The comprehensive review and up-to-date information contained in The Mating Game not only provides answers to questions about important life events but also encourages readers' interest in the field of interpersonal relationships and human mating.

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The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage, Second Edition, is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. This comprehensive review of theory and empirical research takes an integrated perspective on ...

Mating Relationships
Mating relationships

Mating relationships have enormous personal, social, and evolutionary significance. Not only do most people spend a good portion of their adolescence and adulthood eagerly seeking a mate, but these relationships are highly socially valued and regulated. (In fact, there are more norms, rituals, and even laws governing behavior in this kind of relationship than in any other variety.) And from an evolutionary perspective, mating relationships are incredibly important because it is through pair bonding and reproduction that the human species developed over time and continues to exist today.

This section of the text focuses on the fundamental features of, and the processes involved in, long-term mating relationships. Chapter 1 presents theoretical approaches to understanding the dynamics of human mating relationships and discusses research ...

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