The Mating Game; A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/20/2008
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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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. -SirReadaLot.org 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 the fundamental human experiences of love and sex. Strongly grounded in methodology and research design, author Pamela C. Regan offers relevant examples and anecdotes along with ample pedagogy that will spark debate and discussion on these provocative and complex topics.   New to the Second Edition  Freshly presented material, with reorganized text that provides a smoother transition between major sections Reviews of the most recent theoretical and empirical work in the areas of love, sexuality, mate selection, and marriage  New information on the phenomenon of 'cyber-flirting' and the development of romantic relationships over the Internet  Inclusion of cutting-edge biochemistry research, including a discussion of cutting-edge research on the biochemistry of passion and affection  Discussion of emerging research on non-heterosexual relationships and cross-cultural dynamics  Expanded chapters on critical topics and an important new chapter on relationship interventionIntended Audience This text is ideal for upper level undergraduate or graduate students in psychology, family studies, and sociology, who will find this engaging text a valuable tool for course-related research activities, as well as for self-awareness.

Table of Contents

Mating Relationships
Mate Preferences
Theoretical Approaches to Human Mating
Methods Used to Examine Mate Preferences
Empirical Evidence
Continuing Debates
Attraction and Courtship
Communicating Romantic Interest
The First Date
Beyond the First Date: Initiating a Romantic Relationship
Pathways to Commitment
Relationship Development
The Sequence of Relationship Development
The Process of Relationship Development
Marriage and Mate Selection
Mating Systems Across Cultures
The Nature of Marriage
Division of Labor
Marital Satisfaction: How Happy are Married Couples?
Has Marriage Changed Over Time?
Same-Sex Marriage
Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage
Conflict and Dissolution
Relationship Dissolution
Identifying Distressed Relationships
Treating Distressed Relationships
Does Therapy Work?
General Theories of Love
The Triangular Theory of Love
The Colors (Styles) of Love
The Prototype Approach: Mental Models of Love
Passionate and Companionate Love
Passionate Love: A "Sexy" Kind of Love
Companionate Love: A "Sturdy" Kind of Love
Love Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Love
Unrequited Passionate Love
Obsession and Relational Stalking
Mismatched Love Styles
Loss of Passion
Sexual Attitudes
Beliefs About Sex in Dating Relationships
Beliefs About Sex in Marital Relationships
Sex in Beginning Relationships
Sexuality and the Attraction Process
Sexuality in Beginning Relationships
Sex in Established Relationships
Sexual Frequency
Sexual Practices
Sexual Preferences
Sexual Satisfaction
Sexual Communication
Sexuality and Relationship Satisfaction
Sex Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Relational Sex
Sexual Dissatisfaction
Sexual Aggression
Sexual Infidelity
Sexual Jealousy
Individual Differences
Maleness and Femaleness
Biological Sex
Psychological Gender or Sex Role Orientation
Sociosexual Orientation
Chapter16. Interpersonal Belief Systems
Attachment Styles
Rejection Sensitivity
Concluding Remarks
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author
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