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If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question we must look into our evolutionary past, argues prominent psychologist David M. Buss. Based one of the largest studies of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 people of all ages from 37 cultures worldwide, The Evolution of Desire is the first work to present a unified theory of human mating behavior.

Drawing on a wide range of examples of mating behavior - from lovebugs to elephant seals, from the Yanomamö tribe of Venezuela to online dating apps - Buss reveals what women want, what men want, and why their desires radically differ. Love has a central place in human sexual psychology, but conflict, competition, and manipulation also pervade human mating - something we must confront in order to control our own mating destiny.

Fully revised and updated to reflect the very latest scientific research on human mating, this classic work of evolutionary psychology explains the powerful forces that shape our most intimate desires.

©2018 David M. Buss (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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  • 03-04-18

Brilliant and enligtening book

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Evolution of Desire?

Demystification of our contemporary sexual morality by exposing our dark human nature to the objective scientific analysis. Evolution and adaptation of different sexual strategies through thousands of generations in the "do or die" world made us humans not particularly nice creatures. Can we overcome our evolutionary heritage?

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The way we are is result of evolutionary preference by both genders. The most interesting part in the book was the explanation of these preferences.

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An amazing, gripping, beautifully written book.

brings for the the science of mating evolution in a context that explains modern day mating dynamics. excellent.

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HORRIBLE!!!!! I learned NOTHING!!

I hated this book. nothing new was learned. all it did was make me feel horrible for being a woman. if you are a man, you will love this book, if you are a woman, all this book does is reiterate society's thoughts and views of women. the writing comes off as a chauvinist, regressive, bigot, who wrote nothing on the positives of female sexuality. what a waste it was listening to all this. NEWS FLASH: WOMEN LIKE TO HAVE SEX TO AND NOT JUST FOR EMOTIONS BUT FOR THE PLEASURE!!!! ughhhhh. I hated this book.

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One of the best books what I recommend to survivor

There are few books what give you the AHA moment, and this is one of them. I highly recommend this because you will have a complete overview what is happening in planet Earth and why - if you are a human.

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Excellent overview of evolutionary psychology!

Wonderful balanced overview of evolutionary psychology with a healthy dose of reserved speculations on human nature mixed with body conclusions on human sexuality.

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Very informative, interesting perspective

Some books allow you to step away and view things from a totally fresh perspective, this is such a book.
It is the math of human propagation, something we like to imagine doesn’t exist, yet is intuitively part of every calculation we make. It doesn’t control us, but it does set the stage for most of our behavior, culture and social interaction. To understand it is to better understand ourselves.

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A lot of FAKE 5 star review out there. This is NOT the me of them

This is the go-to book on this subject matter. So good I expect it to be updated throughout the future of evolution

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A concisely written & well articulated detailing of a tale as old as time; the "Mating-Game" is one that shows no signs of ending ANY time soon! An interesting & thoroughly enlightening read!

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  • Ras
  • 04-24-18

wonderful review of evolutionary psychology

I have enjoyed every bit of this book. It reviews the scientific knowledge on mating in a very accessible way. The narration is also perfect as much as the quality knowledge it presents.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-18

Interesting facts around Male and Female desires

Truly an eye opener to make and female behaviour. never saw my own behaviour to be for any reason only that's just how things are.