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Serial monogamy and clandestine adultery: evolution and consequences of the dual human reproductive strategy

Helen E Fisher

in Applied Evolutionary Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586073
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586073.003.0007
Serial monogamy and clandestine adultery: evolution and consequences of the dual human reproductive strategy

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Considerable data suggest that humans have evolved a dual reproductive strategy: life long and/or serial monogamy in conjunction with clandestine adultery. This paper explores the underlying biochemical and genetic mechanisms likely to contribute to this flexible, yet specific human reproductive system, and explores some of the implications of this dual human reproductive strategy for contemporary partnerships. Critics of evolutionary psychology fail to find the profound value of this budding discipline, yet it yields important insights that could be of use to medical and legal professionals, researchers and therapists.

Keywords: human partnerships; marital relations; couples; couple counselling; marriage; pairbonding; monogamy; love; divorce

Chapter.  10348 words. 

Subjects: Psychology

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