The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage (3rd Revised edition)

The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage (3rd Revised edition)

By: Pamela C. Regan (author)Paperback

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Encompassing a wide array of disciplines, this comprehensive review of theory and empirical research takes an integrated perspective on the fundamental human experiences of attraction and courtship; mate selection and marriage; and love and sex. Strongly grounded in methodology and research design, the book offers relevant examples and anecdotes along with ample pedagogy that will spark debate and discussion on provocative and complex topics.

About Author

Pamela Regan is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota and her undergraduate degree in English from Williams College. Her research interests are in the areas of close relationships and human sexuality, with an emphasis on passionate love, sexual desire, and mate preference. She has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews (and has given over 75 professional presentations) on the dynamics of sex, love, and human mating, and she is the author of Close Relationships (Routledge, 2011), the co-author (with Ellen Berscheid) of The Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (Pearson, 2005) and Lust: What We Know About Human Sexual Desire (Sage, 1999), and the co-author (with Bruce King) of Human Sexuality Today (Pearson, 2014). In 2007, she was honored with the Outstanding Professor Award by her university for excellence in instruction and professional achievement.


PART I. Mating Relationships Chapter 1: Mate Preferences Theoretical Approaches to Human Mating Methods Used to Examine Mate Preferences Empirical Evidence Continuing Debates Chapter 2: Attraction, Affiliation, and Courtship Who Do We Like? Principles of Romantic Attraction Who Do We Approach? Principles of Romantic Affiliation How Do We Convey Romantic Interest? Principles of Flirting E-Courtship: Attraction, Affiliation, and Flirting in Cyberspace The First Date Beyond the First Date: Initiating a Romantic Relationship Pathways to Commitment Chapter 3: Relationship Development The Sequence of Relationship Development The Process of Relationship Development Chapter 4: 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 Chapter 5: Conflict and Dissolution Conflict Relationship Dissolution Chapter 6: Intervention Identifying Distressed Relationships Treating Distressed Relationships Does Therapy Work? Part II. Love Chapter 7: General Theories of Love The Triangular Theory of Love The Colors (Styles) of Love The Prototype Approach: Mental Models of Love Chapter 8: Passionate and Companionate Love Passionate Love: A "Sexy" Kind of Love Companionate Love: A "Sturdy" Kind of Love Chapter 9: Love Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Love Unrequited Passionate Love: When the One We Love Does Not Love Us Relational Stalking: When Romantic Interest Becomes Obsession Relational Aggression: When Love Turns Violent Loss of Passion: When Attraction Fades PART III. Sex Chapter 10: Sexual Attitudes Beliefs About Sex in Dating Relationships Beliefs About Sex in Marital Relationships Chapter 11: Sex in Beginning Relationships Sexuality and the Attraction Process Sexuality in Beginning Relationships Chapter 12: Sex in Established Relationships Sexual Frequency Sexual Practices Sexual Preferences Sexual Satisfaction Sexual Communication Sexuality and Relationship Satisfaction Chapter 13: Sex Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Relational Sex Sexual Disinterest: When the One We Desire Does Not Desire Us Sexual Assault: When Sex Becomes Nonconsensual Sexual Infidelity: When the One We've Chosen Cheats Sexual Jealousy: A Common Response to Infidelity PART IV. Individual Differences Chapter 14: Maleness and Femaleness Biological Sex Psychological Gender and Gender Role Orientation Chapter 15: Personality Supertraits Self-Monitoring Sociosexual Orientation Chapter 16: Interpersonal Belief Systems Attachment Styles Rejection Sensitivity Romanticism

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  • ISBN13: 9781483379210
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 472
  • ID: 9781483379210
  • weight: 560
  • ISBN10: 1483379213
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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