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The Mating Game: Why Men Want Sex and Women Need Love: Understanding What He Wants and What She Wants from a Relationship Paperback – 2 Sep 2010

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409102394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409102397
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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A readable, brutal analysis of how your brain chooses partners for you... it helps to know love is a mental disorder, like OCD. Romantic feelings are chemical responses triggered in the brain - not the mystical meeting of souls. (Liz Hoggard EVENING STANDARD)

In a world world where over 50 per cent of marriages end in divorce, spending £12.99 on some great advice and insight has to be cheaper than calling in the lawyers. (DAILY RECORD) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Allan and Barbara Pease, internationally bestselling authors of WHY MEN DON'T LISTEN AND WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS, turn their attention to love and sex.

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Interesting read - to a limited extent - but the book is based completely on the theories of evolutionary psychology, so the fundamental message at the heart of this book - which they say explicityly again and again - is that WOMEN WANT RESOURCES (basically a man who can provide money/financial success/resources/look after her) and MEN WANT YOUNG/HEALTHY/ATTRACTIVE looking women (for reproductive purposes).

All very well and good but its a one dimensional and limited view. If it were true, then every out of work male actor or male earning below the national average wage would be single, as would every woman who isn't at least 7.5/10 on the physical attractiveness scale who would never be in a successful relationship, and would never get married.

Some of the things they say in this book are just bizarre and/or infuriating. For example:-

"Love rule for men - you must show heartfelt concern and public sadness for the death of your girlfriend's cat even if it was you who secretly set it on fire and threw it into a ceiling fan."

"Aging female movie stars with young men. From an evolutionary standpoint, this relationship has no value because these women have no reproductive value."

Some interesting commentary in this book, but its so one dimensional to the point of being distateful.
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I bought quite a few books recently, all of them more or less on the same topics. When I started reading this book I just couldn't stop. I liked the idea that everything is based on the research; it explains it in a way that is very easy to understand and gives plenty of examples and it's very easy to read. Also the book has interesting pictures and phrases that really make you think and laugh at the same time. I loved this book and it opened my eyes on many things that I didn't know about men.

I would recommend this book.
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This book is very fun, easy and quick to read. It contains references to evolutionary biology/psychology as well as surveys and research done on women on various topics. As such it is quiet informative and filled with heaps of interesting facts on women. Authors have also included funny jokes and remarks on various topics relating to male-female relationships along the way which makes this book fun to read too.
I did find that authors have in some sections heavily referenced research/surveys conducted by Buss Labs (ie. David Buss, an expert in this field). So if you like the sections of this book that refer to surveys and experiments done on women, I suggest you also read the book written by David Buss titled "Why Women Have Sex". This book has just been released (see my other reviews) and would compliment this book very much.
I do wish there are more books like this out there. So far I have only managed to find these two.
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I found this book very disapointing as it depicts men in a way I would only expect to hear in a mosque. For me the "clincher" was the fact that Australian women reported the lowest level of satisfaction with their partners.
It misses the vital point that there are different kinds of women and women and conveniently ignores the fact that humans have different needs and personalities etc.

All in all, unless you just want to enforce your belief in gender stereotypes, I wouldn't bother.
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I did enjoy reading this book but i came away thinking and feeling that this book is very biased and categories all men the same.

I have been married and have had several long term partners and although i can see some of their male traits in this book, i don't believe that men are as mechanical as this book depicts them to be.

With several of my partners, i have had a higher sex drive than them!! They certainly where not up for it any day and all of the time!!

I think this book was written more by Allan Pease than his wife, as it hardly goes into what women think about, and i certainly know that women are eyeing up men all of the time too!! But this book kind of depicts that men have the monopoly on that.

And their are millions of women all over the world who look at porn too.

I think that women like sex just as much as men do, except we want more quality sex!!!
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This is such a great book: easy to read, easy to understand, and yet very profound. My partner and I went through a rough patch, and he bought it. It has made an enormous change in how we both look at relationships in general, and our relationship specifically. Clarity and understanding are the words that come to mind. Highly recommended to anyone who is not a monk or a nun :)
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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2009
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This is one of the funniest books I've read for years. It's politically incorrect, insightful and based on real life. The authors state their position from the outset, "It may be politically correct to say that men and women think the same way and want the same things but if you have had any experience living with them, working with them or managing them, you'll know it's not true." Men are attracted by a women's health, fertility and youth while women are motivated by a man's power, status, commitment and material resources (at least I managed the commitment!)

Apparently love is mainly biological, triggered " by a combination of brain chemicals, including dopamine, oxytocin, testosterone, oestrogen and norepinephrine" with testosterone and oxytocin the main culprits by changing in proportion and giving the false impression that the sex drive in males and females is the same. It's nature's way of drawing us into the procreation process. One researcher described falling in love as "a distinct set of chemical events occurring in the brain that has similarities with mental illness". As mental illness often produces a skewed version of reality this might explain why people remain in relationships long after the relationship has run out of steam.

Sex changes with society's expectations with Hollywood and the media playing a major role in people's perceptions of their ideal partner. Prior to the 'sixties the ideal man was the tall, rugged, John Wayne, a man's man and patriot, who was always respectful towards the ladies. Since then the ideal man is like Tom Cruise, short, good looking, telling women they should be silent during childbirth and an evangelist against psychiatry.
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