The Science of Intimate Relationships

The Science of Intimate Relationships


By (author) Garth J. O. Fletcher, By (author) Jeffry A. Simpson, By (author) Lorne Campbell, By (author) Nickola Overall

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 23mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405179198
  • ISBN 13: 9781405179195
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 99,379

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The Science of Intimate Relationships represents thefirst interdisciplinary approach to the latest scientific findingsrelating to human sexual relationships. Offers an unusual degree of integration across topics, whichinclude intimate relationships in terms of both mind and body;bonding from infancy to adulthood; selecting mates; love;communication and interaction; sex; passion; relationshipdissolution; and more Summarizes the links among human nature, culture, and intimaterelationships Presents and integrates the latest findings in the fields ofsocial psychology, evolutionary psychology, human sexuality,neuroscience and biology, developmental psychology, anthropology,and clinical psychology. Authored by four leading experts in the field Instructor materials are available at

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Garth Fletcher is Professor of Psychology at VictoriaUniversity Wellington. He is a fellow of five societies includingthe Royal Society of New Zealand, the Association forPsychological Science, and the Society forPersonality and Social Psychology, and has been associateeditor of both Personal Relationships and Journal ofPersonality and Social Psychology. Fletcher has published over100 articles and book chapters, and has authored and edited 6books. Jeffry A. Simpson is Professor of Psychology and Directorof the Doctoral Minor in Interpersonal Relationships (IREL) at theUniversity of Minnesota. He has been the editor of the journalPersonal Relationships and is currently the editor ofJournal of Personality and Social Psychology: InterpersonalRelations and Group Processes (JPSP-IRGP). Simpson is theincoming president of the International Association forRelationship Research, and has published nearly 200 articlesand chapters along with several edited books. Lorne Campbell is Associate Professor of Psychology theUniversity of Western Ontario. He has published over 40 articlesand book chapters, serves on the editorial board of Journal ofPersonality and Social Psychology and Personality and SocialPsychology Bulletin, and has been the editor of the journalPersonal Relationships. Nickola Overall is Senior Lecturer of Psychology at theUniversity of Auckland, New Zealand. She has published over 35articles and book chapters, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and iscurrently associate editor for Personal Relationships.

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This textbook would work well for a collegeclass. (Metapsychology Online Reviews, 29 July2014) The text can be used academically at an advancedbaccalaureate or graduate level. There is an equally well-organizede-study guide available as a Kindle download that highlightsconcepts to facilitate the memorization of terms. The book can alsobe drawn upon in arenas outside of academia. The busy clinician,for example, may find that the work is simply a good read whilealso encouraging currency with scientific domains falling outsideof his or her immediate field. (Journal of Sex& Marital Therapy, 22July 2014) Overall, The Science of Intimate Relationshipsserves asan important contribution to the array of books available in thefield of relationship science. Its breadth of coverage would makeit an excellent choice for college courses in intimaterelationships, as noted above, as well as make it of interest toanyone wishing to have a good background in the science of romanticrelationships. (PsycCRITIQUES, 11 September2013) An essential read for budding relationshipsexperts. (Psychology Today, 30 April 2013)

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"The Science of Intimate Relationships" represents the first full-blooded interdisciplinary approach to the hard science behind the nature of human sexual relationships. In this elegantly written new text, an international team of authors led by the acclaimed relationship expert Garth Fletcher present and integrate the latest findings in the fields of social psychology, evolutionary psychology, life-history theory, human sexuality, neuroscience and biology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and clinical psychology. Through erudite and balanced analyses, the authors shed new light on the complex links among human nature, culture, and intimate relationships, as well as outlining related controversies. Topics covered include intimate relationships in terms of both mind and body; bonding from infancy to adulthood; selecting mates; love; communication and interaction; sex; passion; relationship dissolution; violence; and mind-reading. While highlighting recent advances in the field, the text maintains a careful balance between scientific rigor and an engaging, reader-friendly approach. The Science of Intimate Relationships offers a wealth of thought-provoking insights into the science behind the initiation, maintenance, and termination of sexual relationships.

Table of contents

About the Authors xv Preface xvi Part One: Introduction 1 1 The Science of Intimate Relationships 3 2 Intimate Relationships in Context: Key Theories, Concepts, and Human Nature 14 Part Two: The Relationship Animal 39 3 The Intimate Relationship Mind 41 4 The Intimate Relationship Body 69 Part Three: Beginning Relationships: Att achment and Mate Selection 97 5 Born to Bond: from Infancy to Adulthood 99 6 Selecting Mates 125 Part Four: Maintaining Relationships:the Psychology of Intimacy 155 7 Love, Sweet Love 157 8 Reading Minds, Partners, and Relationships 184 9 Communication and Interaction 210 10 Sex and Passion 236 11 Relationship Violence 259 Part Five: Ending Relationships: the Causes and Consequences of Relationship Dissolution 285 12 Relationship Dissolution 287 Part Six: Conclusion 313 13 Assembling the Relationship Jigsaw 315 Glossary 327 References 338 Author Index 383 Subject Index 390