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The Science of Intimate Relationships

The Science of Intimate Relationships

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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: 157,335

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The Science of Intimate Relationships represents the first interdisciplinary approach to the latest scientific findings relating to human sexual relationships. Offers an unusual degree of integration across topics, which 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; and more Summarizes the links among human nature, culture, and intimate relationships Presents and integrates the latest findings in the fields of social psychology, evolutionary psychology, human sexuality, neuroscience and biology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and clinical psychology. Authored by four leading experts in the field

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Garth Fletcher is Professor of Psychology at Victoria University Wellington. He is a fellow of five societies including the Royal Society of New Zealand , the Association for Psychological Science , and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and has been associate editor of both Personal Relationships and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology . Fletcher has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and has authored and edited 6 books . Jeffry A. Simpson is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Minor in Interpersonal Relationships (IREL) at the University of Minnesota. He has been the editor of the journal Personal Relationships and is currently the editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes (JPSP-IRGP). Simpson is the incoming president of the International Association for Relationship Research , and has published nearly 200 articles and chapters along with several edited books. Lorne Campbell is Associate Professor of Psychology the University of Western Ontario. He has published over 40 articles and book chapters, serves on the editorial board of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin , and has been the editor of the journal Personal Relationships . Nickola Overall is Senior Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has published over 35 articles and book chapters, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , and is currently associate editor for Personal Relationships .

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"This textbook would work well for a college class." ( Metapsychology Online Reviews , 29 July 2014) "The text can be used academically at an advanced baccalaureate or graduate level. There is an equally well-organized e-study guide available as a Kindle download that highlights concepts to facilitate the memorization of terms. The book can also be drawn upon in arenas outside of academia. The busy clinician, for example, may find that the work is simply a good read while also encouraging currency with scientific domains falling outside of his or her immediate field." ( Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy , 22July 2014) "Overall, The Science of Intimate Relationshipsserves as an important contribution to the array of books available in the field of relationship science. Its breadth of coverage would make it an excellent choice for college courses in intimate relationships, as noted above, as well as make it of interest to anyone wishing to have a good background in the science of romantic relationships." ( PsycCRITIQUES , 11 September 2013) "...An essential read for budding relationships experts." ( 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