The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating

The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating

by David M. Buss

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ISBN-13: 9780465097760
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Edition description: Fourth Edition, Revised and Updated Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 263,554
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David M. Buss is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of nine books, including Why Women Have Sex, The Murderer Next Door, The Dangerous Passion, and the textbook Evolutionary Psychology, now in its fifth edition. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
carlym on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Need scientific confirmation of what you know about male/female interaction? Read this book. Buss and his colleagues surveyed thousands of people all over the world to find out what men and women want in a spouse and in a short-term sexual partner, how men and women compete for mates, how they try to attract the opposite sex, and what causes conflict in relationships. He then explains that these traits have evolved because people who have them are more successful in reproduction, thus passing along the genes for these traits. Among other subjects, he discusses why men don't tend to file sexual harassment complaints, domestic violence, and infidelity. It is an interesting and well-researched book, and it is very accessible to a layperson (like me). I think it is helpful to have some familiarity with basic evolutionary theory because my one criticism of the book is that Buss could have tied the traits he observed back to the idea of reproductive success (the evolutionary mechanism) more frequently. The book is well-organized.
MissLizzy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I read this book at a fairly busy point in life, so it took me about two months to get through it. I was glad to finish the last page, but at the same time I wanted to know more. I know that by taking so long to read the book, I've forgotten some of the stuff that happened earlier, but I DO know that I really enjoyed it. It's that weird part of me that enjoys studying human sexuality. This book is considerably less complicated than Buss and Malamuths SEX, POWER, CONFLICT. Even though Buss is an apparent fountain of knowledge about this topic, he is able to pare it down into language that even a person unschooled in the realm of psychology can understand. He's clear and straightforward, and does not seem to have any huge biases--his major beef seems to be with those who hold with the feminist perspective, which is, I believe, totally understandable. All in all, a good read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides informatin on human mating stratagies. Put your sentimental self aside and get to the reality of why we do what we do. The book is a must read for any person in a relationship.