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Mating Intelligence Unleashed: The Role of the Mind in Sex, Dating, and Love [Hardcover]

by Glenn Geher, Scott Barry Kaufman, Helen Fisher
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Book Description

January 30, 2013 0195396855 978-0195396850 1
Psychologists often paint a picture of human mating as visceral, instinctual. But that's not the whole story. In courtship and display, sexual competition and rivalry, we are also guided by what Glenn Geher and Scott Barry Kaufman call Mating Intelligence--a range of mental abilities that have evolved to help us find the right partner. Mating Intelligence is at work in our efforts to form, maintain, and end relationships. It guides us in flirtation, foreplay, copulation, finding and choosing a mate, and many other behaviors.

In Mating Intelligence Unleashed, psychologists Geher and Kaufman take readers on a fascinating tour of the crossroads of mating and intelligence, drawing on cutting-edge research on evolutionary psychology, intelligence, creativity, personality, social psychology, neuroscience, and more. The authors show that despite what you may read in the latest issue of Maxim, Playboy, Vogue, or GQ, physical attractiveness isn't the whole story. Human mating draws on a range of mental skills and attributes--from the creative use of pick-up lines, to displays of charisma, intelligence, humor, personality, and compassion. Along the way, the authors shed new light on age-old questions, such as: What role does personality play in mating? Which traits are attractive--and which traits repulse? How do people really choose mates? How do men and women deceive each other? How important is emotional intelligence? Why do people create art--and does it have anything to do with sex? Do nice guys really finish last?

Since Glenn Geher coined the term Mating Intelligence in 2006, it has drawn a great deal of media attention, ranging from a Psychology Today cover story to articles in the New Scientist, the Washington Times, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere. Now, in Mating Intelligence Unleashed, readers will have the first full account of this revolutionary new approach to dating, mating, and love.

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Editorial Reviews


"Like a peer-reviewed version of 'The Game', this geeky treatise mines evolutionary and experimental psychology to help readers 'succeed in their own mating-relevant goals.'" The authors' broad test of 'mating intelligence,' originally devised as a magazine quiz, measures both desirable traits like creativity and kindness, and relationship skills like empathy, lie-detection... and even a bit of deception." -- New York Times Science Times

"A lively, copiously researched treatise" -- Nature

"Mating Intelligence Unleashed: The Role of the Mind in Sex, Dating, and Love, by psychologists Glenn Geher and Scott Barry Kaufman, is a compendium of cutting-edge research into what makes people tick, romantically and sexually." -- NY Post

"Recommended to readers interested in evolutionary psychology and human sexuality." -- Library Journal

About the Author

Glenn Geher is Chair of the Psychology and Director of Evolutionary Studies at SUNY New Paltz, where he won the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Geher founded the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) and is co-founder of the international Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium, funded by the National Science Foundation. He is particularly interested in how evolution can help us understand all facets of the human animal and his many publications help us move toward this goal. His work has been featured in many media outlets--ranging from Psychology Today to Cosmopolitan to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Scott Barry Kaufman is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University and co-founder of The Creativity Post. An award-winning authority on intelligence, creativity, and the arts, he is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence with Robert J. Sternberg and The Psychology of Creative Writing with James C. Kaufman. His work has been covered in media outlets such as Psychology Today, Scientific American Mind and Men's Health. Additionally, he blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Scientific American, and Harvard Business Review.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (January 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195396855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195396850
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - an enlightning and fun read! April 21, 2013
To contextualize my review, I am an author in this field (under the pen name "Rod Govea"), with some strong ideas, some of which are divergent from the authors's. Also, I am a published scientist on this field, meaning that my criteria to review scientific books are a bit stringent. Finally, I came to Evolutionary Psychology from the Biology side, so I have a different view on some topics.

Having said that, I think this book is absolutely brilliant and definitely worth a read, to a broad range of readers. It is well written and a light and fun read. Nevertheless, it will put a lot of different things into perspective and very probably teach the reader a lot of interesting stuff. I learned quite a lot of new, interesting results.

So why do I like this book?

1) Mating intelligence is a fundamental concept that has not yet gotten the attention it deserves.

The authors do a great job of defining and presenting the concept, showing the reasons behind peoples actions, and how mating intelligence -- or lack of it -- impacts many aspects of people's life. Reading this book could make some people see their own lives in a totally different light. If this book was widely read, we could even see a general improvement on society, along the lines the authors themselves suggest.

2) They backup their ideas on Mating Intelligence with an exhaustive, unbiased literature review on many fields.

Despite disagreeing with the authors in a few points, I read the book in a very positive and curious mood, because the authors were not pushing their ideas. That is really, really hard to achieve in writing a book. Kudos.
Also, their literature review was really exhaustive and well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Really fascinating, gives what seem to be very plausible evolutionary psychological explanations of common human romantic behaviour. The text might not be as accessible to those unfamiliar with academic writing style, as it reads at some points very much like a journal article or study. However if you can get past that, or if it doesn't bother you, then you will it is engaging and really provokes a lot of thought about some of the behaviours and mannerisms we take for granted, and also exposes just how much our subconscious mating drive might still be motivating a whole host of behaviours we might see as unrelated to that end. Great book!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the laymen August 5, 2013
The description of this book led me to believe that this book would be insightful and helpful both in dating and relationships. What I found instead is that it reads like a modified thesis. That is, it is basically and endless string of data and statistics that may be interesting to a professional or academic, but to a casual reader it truly lacks day to day useful advice or information. However, if your goal is to date a statistician or psychologist than this would make for good (though insanely dry) table talk.
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