'The Mating Game is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. The comprehensive review and up-to-date information contained in The Mating Game not only provides answers to questions about important life events but also encourages readers' interest in the field of interpersonal relationships and human mating.uSirReadaLot.orgThe Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage, Second Edition, is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. This comprehensive review of theory and empirical research takes an integrated perspective on the fundamental human experiences of love and sex. Strongly grounded in methodology and research design, author Pamela C.
Regan offers relevant examples and anecdotes along with ample pedagogy that will spark debate and discussion on these provocative and complex topics.aNew to the Second EditionaFreshly presented material, with reorganized text that provides a smoother transition between major sections Reviews of the most recent theoretical and empirical work in the areas of love, sexuality, mate selection, and marriageaNew information on the phenomenon of ocyber-flirtingo and the development of romantic relationships over the InternetaInclusion of cutting-edge biochemistry research, including a discussion of cutting-edge research on the biochemistry of passion and affectionaDiscussion of emerging research on non-heterosexual relationships and cross-cultural dynamicsaExpanded chapters on critical topics and an important new chapter on relationship intervention Intended Audience This text is ideal for upper level undergraduate or graduate students in psychology, family studies, and sociology, who will find this engaging text a valuable tool for course-related research activities, as well as for self-awareness.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgments PART I. MATING RELATIONSHIPS Chapter 1. Mate Preferences Theoretical Approaches to Human Mating Methods Used to Examine Mate Preferences Empirical Evidence Continuing Debates Summary Chapter 2. Attraction and Courtship Communicating Romantic Interest The First Date Beyond the First Date: Initiating a Romantic Relationship Pathways to Commitment Summary Chapter 3. Relationship Development The Sequence of Relationship Development The Process of Relationship Development Summary Chapter 4. Marriage and Mate Selection Mating Systems Across Cultures The Nature of Marriage Division of Labor Marital Satisfaction: How Happy are Married Couples? Has Marriage Changed Over Time? Same-Sex Marriage Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage Summary Chapter 5. Conflict and Dissolution Conflict Relationship Dissolution Summary Chapter 6. Intervention Identifying Distressed Relationships Treating Distressed Relationships Does Therapy Work? Summary PART II. LOVE Chapter 7. General Theories of Love The Triangular Theory of Love The Colors (Styles) of Love The Prototype Approach: Mental Models of Love Summary Chapter 8. Passionate and Companionate Love Passionate Love: A "Sexy" Kind of Love Companionate Love: A "Sturdy" Kind of Love Summary Chapter 9. Love Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Love Unrequited Passionate Love Obsession and Relational Stalking Mismatched Love Styles Loss of Passion Summary PART III. SEX Chapter 10. Sexual Attitudes Beliefs About Sex in Dating Relationships Beliefs About Sex in Marital Relationships Summary Chapter 11. Sex in Beginning Relationships Sexuality and the Attraction Process Sexuality in Beginning Relationships Summary Chapter 12. Sex in Established Relationships Sexual Frequency Sexual Practices Sexual Preferences Sexual Satisfaction Sexual Communication Sexuality and Relationship Satisfaction Summary Chapter 13. Sex Gone Bad: Problematic Aspects of Relational Sex Sexual Dissatisfaction Sexual Aggression Sexual Infidelity Sexual Jealousy Summary PART IV. INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES Chapter 14. Maleness and Femaleness Biological Sex Psychological Gender or Sex Role Orientation Summary Chapter 15. Personality Supertraits Self-Monitoring Sociosexual Orientation Summary Chapter16. Interpersonal Belief Systems Attachment Styles Rejection Sensitivity Romanticism Summary Concluding Remarks References Author Index Subject Index About The Author
Pamela Regan is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota and her undergraduate degree in English from Williams College. Her research interests are in the areas of close relationships and human sexuality, with an emphasis on passionate love, sexual desire, and mate preference. She has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews (and has given over 75 professional presentations) on the dynamics of sex, love, and human mating, and she is the author of Close Relationships (Routledge, 2011), the co-author (with Ellen Berscheid) of The Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (Pearson, 2005) and Lust: What We Know About Human Sexual Desire (Sage, 1999), and the co-author (with Bruce King) of Human Sexuality Today (Pearson, 2014). In 2007, she was honored with the Outstanding Professor Award by her university for excellence in instruction and professional achievement.