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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 ...

Sex in Beginning Relationships
Sex in beginning relationships

The beliefs that people hold with respect to the role of sexual activity in dating and marital relationships undoubtedly have implications for their sexual (and nonsexual) interactions with their partners. In this chapter, we examine the role that sexuality plays in the attraction process and in the initial stages of romantic relationships.

Sexuality and the Attraction Process

As we discussed in Chapter 1, there are a number of dispositional attributes or personality characteristics that people find particularly desirable in dates and marriage partners, including intelligence, honesty, a ...

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