Is Short-Term Mating the Maladaptive Result of Insecure Attachment? A Test of Competing Evolutionary Perspectives

  title={Is Short-Term Mating the Maladaptive Result of Insecure Attachment? A Test of Competing Evolutionary Perspectives},
  author={D. Schmitt},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={747 - 768}
  • D. Schmitt
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • Different evolutionary perspectives offer competing views on short-term mating and attachment. Some theories argue that short-term mating results from insecure attachment, particularly the maladaptive attachment features of low self-esteem, interpersonal distrust, social avoidance, and emotional instability. Other theories posit that short-term mating is adaptive, having evolved as an ecologically contingent reproductive strategy. In this view, short-term mating has multiple origins… CONTINUE READING

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