Psychology: A Beginner's Guide by G. Neil Martin

By G. Neil Martin

Why are we desirous about superstar? Why are we interested in the incorrect humans? What does ‘passive competitive’ particularly suggest? Can astrology relatively be an exceptional indicator of character? intercourse, envy, survival, pleasure – Martin will get to the very middle of what it really is to be human. A extensive but concise ebook – and so well timed: psychology hasn't ever been extra well known. From television specialists to the novice musings of your ally, the language of psychology has permeated all points of daily glossy existence. educated through state of the art examine, and from one of many world’s prime psychologists, this can be the main enticing non-fiction publication you’ll learn all 12 months. Dr G Neil Martin is crucial Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex collage U.K.

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Men have larger noses, more prominent brows, more deeply set eyes. Women have fuller cheeks, less facial hair, smaller noses, larger eyes and a shorter upper lip. The best facial clue to a person’s sex is the eyes, followed by the nose. A threequarter profile is better for recognition than is a full-frontal photograph. The attractiveness of a face is unrelated to how distinctive it is. In the nineteenth century, Francis Galton proposed that the more average-looking the face, the more attractive it would be.

If altruism is designed to extend our gene pool, why, then, do we commit altruistic acts with non-family members? Simply, because we work more effectively as a species if we co-operate with each other. It’s telling that the characteristics we most admire in a partner – kindness, dependability, emotional stability and intelligence – are close to altruism. Sociobiologists see humans as ‘fitness maximisers’ but evolutionary psychologists disagree. One of EP’s most famous advocates, Donald Buss, asks that if we are all fitness maximisers, why are men not cueing up at sperm banks, itching to donate their emissions?

Infidelity is international and it’s been estimated that between twenty and fifty per cent of married couples will be unfaithful to their partner at some point. ) Men are more likely to be jealous if their partner has been sexually unfaithful; women if their partner has been emotionally unfaithful (having a deep, non-sexual, loving relationship with another woman). The more disagreeable, emotionally unstable and undependable a partner is, the more likely it is that he or she will be cuckolded. Mate-poachers tend to be less agreeable or conscientious, have strong sexual desires and are also sexually attractive.

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