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The evolution of desire : strategies of human mating

Author: David M Buss
Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How we choose - and lose - our mates has always been a source of fascination. This controversial book is the first to present a unified theory of human mating behavior. The Evolution of Desire is based on the most massive study of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 people of all ages from thirty-seven cultures worldwide.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Buss, David M.
Evolution of desire.
New York : BasicBooks, 1994
(OCoLC)652347912
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David M Buss
ISBN: 0465077501 9780465077502 0465021433 9780465021437
OCLC Number: 28850999
Description: x, 262 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Origins of mating behavior --
What women want --
Men want something else --
Casual sex --
Attracting a partner --
Staying together --
Sexual conflict --
Breaking up --
Changes over time --
Harmony between the sexes.
Responsibility: David M. Buss.
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Proves that in attracting, keeping or discarding mates, people are closer to their ancestral forebears than many think. The book shows that to understand the contradiction between the need for love  Read more...

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   schema:description ". Buss's research leads to a radical shift from the standard view of men's and women's sexual psychology. "Much of what I discovered about human mating is not nice," he writes. "In the ruthless pursuit of sexual goals, for example, men and women derogate their rivals, deceive members of the opposite sex, and even subvert their own mates." Ultimately we must confront the disturbing side of human mating in order to attain our goals of love and harmony."@en ;
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