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class19.final - ROMANTIC LOVE Individuals who describe...

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ROMANTIC LOVE Individuals who describe themselves as “in love” often exhibit suite of symptoms: Obsessive thinking about target/intrusive thoughts Idealization of partner Involuntary physical symptoms (giddy smiling, trembling, heart rate) Euphoria/elation vs. depression Surveys suggest that the full-blown syndrome is relatively rare (< 5 times per lifetime) What is possible function of these responses? Possible solution to “commitment problem”
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Relationship Initiation Whom should you accept as a relationship partner? Whom should you pursue ? Do not want to accept someone if can do much better. Likewise, don’t want to waste time pursuing someone unlikely to accept you Specify as “mate value” (MV) the constellation of traits that determines someone’s market value as a romantic partner MV operationalized as the proportion of others who would accept someone as a romantic partner MV a function of cues to: (1) fertility, (2) parenting ability (direct benefits), (3) good genes (indirect benefits) weighted according to unknown function Ideally, want as a partner the highest mate value individual who will accept you
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Estimating Mate Value Mate value By estimating where the individual falls on the curve, can get a sense of how they would compare to other available choices Allows for evaluation of how likely finding someone better Construction of these curves might be where ‘the media’ really *does* have (potentially negative) impact on mating psychology
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