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. getAbstract recommends 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.
About the Author
David M. Buss is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of six books including Personality: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature and The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex.
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1 year agoWomen want men with status and resources
The objective for human beings are to secure resources in order to perpetuate genetics
Men must be prosperous, have a high status, be healthy and strong
Women need signs of fertility health and beauty
Mens strive for rank and wealth and in turn form alliances so they can hunt and go to war together
4 years agoWomen prefer status and rich. Men prefer beauty and young. Thanks, Cap!