We may not know much about the specific details of the evolutionary history of humans, but the notion that we know too little to generate hypotheses is not defensible in light of the rather modest assumptions evolutionary psychologists actually make to generate and test hypotheses.
Evolution and Human Behavior 18— Being cheated on seems to not only to have mental health consequences, but also increases risky behaviors. Misconception 1: Evolutionary psychology is panadaptationist. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Another defense mechanism for preventing infidelity is by social monitoring and acting on any violation of expectations.
As a consequence, men evolved a more powerful craving for sex with a variety of women. In fact, the law held that a "reasonable man" would respond to such extreme provocation with acts of violence. Women have been found to report that their hypothetical sexual jealousy would manifest itself as anger and physical aggression towards the man.
A professional couple therapist I know related to me the following story. These differences represent one among many signs of actual or impending infidelity explored in depth later in the book. If ancestral women were naturally inclined to be flawlessly faithful, men would have had no evolutionary catalyst for jealousy.
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Sexual conflict was a recurrent feature of human evolutionary history, just as it has been in every sexually reproducing species that does not practice lifelong genetic monogamy. Darwin, C. ABC News.
People and Place. The output is directed toward the solution to a specific adaptive problem pp. Psihologijske Teme, 15 , — In a study of Dutch undergraduate students involved in serious intimate relationships, participants were presented with four dilemmas concerning a partner's emotional and sexual infidelity over the Internet.
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