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Applied Evolutionary Psychology$
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S. Craig Roberts

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586073.001.0001

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

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

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(p.93) Chapter 7 Serial monogamy and clandestine adultery: evolution and consequences of the dual human reproductive strategy
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Applied Evolutionary Psychology
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Helen E Fisher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586073.003.0007

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

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