Love%20and%20Relationships%20part%201%20-%2010-28-10

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PSY 239:The Psychology of Women Love and Relationships What do we want in a mate? Personal Ads Men tend to describe own financial status, emphasize physical attractiveness in partner Women specify finance in partner. Both want warm, romantic sensitive, sense of humor. Do men and women want similar characteristics in an ideal life partner? How about a sexual partner? Regan & Berscheid (1997) - Ss rank ordered traits for life and sexual partner Sexual Partner Men Want: Women Want: #1: Physically attractive #1: Physically attractive #2: Healthy #2: Healthy #3: Overall personality #3: Attentive to my needs #4: Attentive to my needs #4: Sense of Humor #5: Self-confident #5: Overall Personality What about for a marriage partner? Men Want: Women Want: #1: Overall personality #1: Honest and Trustworthy #2: Honest or trustworthy #2: Sensitive #3: Physically attractive #3: Overall personality
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#4: Intelligent #4: Intelligent #5: Healthy #5: Sensitive to my neds “overall personality” came up in all 4 cases Some differences, but many similarities to what is desired Physical appearance more important for men “cognitive disregard” – 1/10 second Approaches to Explaining Mate Preferences Evolutionary Psychology Both men and women have an evolutionary advantage if they succeed in passing on their genes to the next generation. David Buss We behave as we do because it was adaptive for our ancestors We inherited their genes, and thus behaviors All behavior is unconsciously driven by the desire to reproduce (pass on genes) Both men & women want lots of kids who will survive to adulthood & have their own kids Different strategies: Men : it’s easy to reproduce à so, have as much sex with healthy women as possible! Women : it takes 9 months—be picky, choose man who will stick around to help a According to this theory, this explanation accounts for current gender differences in three specific things…
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1. Mate Selection
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2011 for the course PSY 239 taught by Professor Dr.stephaniegoodwin during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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