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With two new chapters by the author.If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question, says noted psychologist David Buss, we must look into our evolutionary past. Based on the most massive study of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than ten thousand people of all ages from thirty-seven cultures worldwide, The Evolution of Desire is the first book to present a unified theory of human mating behavior. Now in a revised and updated edition,...
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Overview


With two new chapters by the author.If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question, says noted psychologist David Buss, we must look into our evolutionary past. Based on the most massive study of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than ten thousand people of all ages from thirty-seven cultures worldwide, The Evolution of Desire is the first book to present a unified theory of human mating behavior. Now in a revised and updated edition, Buss's classic presents the latest research in the field, including startling new discoveries about the evolutionary advantages of infidelity, orgasm, and physical attractiveness.
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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
Clear, coherent, and convincing.... [What] makes it intriguing are the insights it offers into our behavior and the behavior of our partners, lovers, and friends.
Elle
An ambitious addition to the ever-growing shelves of books on sex wars.... Buss is refreshingly evenhanded.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the pursuit of a mate, women prefer men who possess money, resources, power and high social status, while men tend to seek attractive, youthful women who will remain sexually faithful. This finding emerged from a global survey by Buss and colleagues of 10,047 persons in 37 cultures, from Australia to Zambia. Women and men are often at cross-purposes in mate selection, sexual relations and affairs. In a provocative study, Buss, a University of Michigan psychology professor, attributes these differences to ingrained psychological mechanisms which he argues are universal across cultures and rooted in each gender's adaptive responses over millennia of human evolution. One area, however, where Buss finds common ground between men and women is in their ruthless use of deception, sexual display and denigration of rivals in the pursuit of a partner. (Feb.)
Booknews
Presents a unified theory of human mating behavior based on a study encompassing over 10,000 people representing 37 cultures. By looking at our evolutionary past and the results of the mating study, the author draws an often disturbing picture of mating strategies and motives. As Buss admits, "Much of what I discovered about human mating is not nice." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465008025
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 205,791
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


David M. Buss is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of six books, including Personality: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature and The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy is as Necessary as Love and Sex. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Acknowledgments to the First Edition
1 Origins of Mating Behavior 1
2 What Women Want 19
3 Men Want Something Else 49
4 Casual Sex 73
5 Attracting a Partner 97
6 Staying Together 123
7 Sexual Conflict 142
8 Breaking Up 168
9 Changes over Time 183
10 Harmony Between the Sexes 209
11 Women's Hidden Sexual Strategies 223
12 Mysteries of Human Mating 250
Notes 287
Bibliography 304
References for Chapters 11 and 12 322
Index 333
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    How the evolution of mating affects your dating

    Why do women use makeup? Why do men like to buy big cars? Why do people feel jealous? Evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss digs deep into the ancient past of human relationships to answer such questions, and produces intriguing results, disconcerting insights and valuable explanations. Using observations from the animal world and from many studies conducted in various societies, he provides a theoretical framework based on Darwin¿s theory of natural selection. Give Buss credit for elaborately fitting in almost every conceivable puzzle inherent in human mating relationships - even though this, admittedly, at times requires quite a stretch of his evolutionary theory. We recommend this 'drop-dead shocker' (The Washington Post Book World) to anyone who has ever searched for, attracted, kept or separated from a mate - that is, anyone who is strong enough to face the unromantic truth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Enlightening and reinforcing

    Buss presents comprehensive referenced research that is well integrated into a coherent picture of one of the most (if not the most IMHO) interesting aspects of human existence- gender and sexuality. The book provides ample access to the original literature as well as summarizing decades of observation and experiment that places the forefront of the field in the readers' hands instantly. I consider this a 'must read' for any educated person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    An Understanding

    This book was given to me by a good friend. After reading it I now have a totally different way of thinking about sex and relationships...a new understanding...it all makes sense now. I'm now telling all my friends about this amazing new way of looking at life.

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