Deception in Human Mating

Brewer, Gayle orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0690-4548 (2023) Deception in Human Mating. In: The Oxford Handbook of Human Mating. Oxford University Press (OUP), 515-C21.P136. ISBN 9780197536469

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Romantic and sexual relationships form an important part of the social landscape. These relationships are, however, vulnerable to deception with a range of evolutionary relevant consequences for each member of the relationship dyad (e.g., cuckoldry) and relationship (e.g., dissolution). The current chapter details the use of deception at each stage of romantic and sexual relationships. First is the use of deception to attract a partner and assist relationship formation, with particular emphasis on the falsification of sexual history. Reflecting recent mating trends, the chapter also considers the use of deception during online dating. Second, the chapter outlines deception within established relationships, including deceptive affection, pretending orgasm, and infidelity. Throughout, the chapter highlights important differences between men and women.

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