Psychology Topic: Mate Preference

Source: D’Arienzo Psychological Group

Psychology Topic: Mate Preference

Mate preference determines who a person chooses and how much that choice has an impact on their own health, status, resources, and number and quality of offspring. Mate preferences motivate people to choose mates that best represent their ideal attractiveness.

QUESTION

Given the implication of the visual, what do you prefer in a potential mate?

Mate preference is discussed within my book titled Toxic Encounters: Why People Pursue Rebound Relationships, Part I. I explore the concept using psychology scholarship.

Here are some research sources if you are further interested in the concept of mate value. Some sources may require a subscription, but you should be able to locate a source using a keyword search such as “mate value pdf.”

RESOURCES

Arnocky, S. (2018). Self-perceived mate value, facial attractiveness, and mate preferences: Do desirable men want it all? Evolutionary Psychology, 1-8. Retrieved from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1474704918763271

Conroy-Beam, D., Goetz, C. D., & Buss, D. M. (2016). What predicts romantic satisfaction and mate retention intensity: Mate preference fulfillment or mate value discrepancies. Evolution and Human behavior, 37, 440-448. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301855883_What_Predicts_Romantic_Relationship_Satisfaction_and_Mate_Retention_Intensity_Mate_Preference_Fulfillment_or_Mate_Value_Discrepancies

Miner, E. J., Starratt, V. G., Shackelford, T. K. (2009). It’s not all about her: Men’s mate value and mate retention. Psychology and Individual Differences, 47, 214-218. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237423458_It’s_not_all_about_her_Men’s_mate_value_and_mate_retention

Visit https://reginayfavors.com/research/ and click the “Rebounding” tab to access video lessons and the full bibliography.

Author: Regina Y. Favors

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