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Evolutionary Psychology by David M. Buss
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it was amazing
bookshelves: textbooks, social-sciences, psychology

What do women want? So posited Freud, lamenting the query as "the great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul."

The authors summarize the findings and methodologies behind research on this question in an accessible (i.e. easy-to-read) format. Of course, this isn't the only question they explore. Other topics include phobias (Why do buildings seem taller when standing on the top floor versus the ground floor? The reason is that hundreds of thousands of years of natural selection ingrained an innate fear of high heights into humans), the question of what men look for in a relationship with women, the "short-term mating strategies" versus "long-term mating strategies" of men versus women (i.e. how people act in casual versus committed relationships), and why parent-offspring conflict (i.e. parent-children conflict) is inevitable. The authors explore these topics using limited complex jargon, and supplement the text with the frequent use of tables and figures.

Evolutionary Psychology is an accessible book highly relevant to explaining why and how you (and others) interact with others day-to-day.
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