The evolution of human intrasexual competition: tactics of mate attraction.

  title={The evolution of human intrasexual competition: tactics of mate attraction.},
  author={David M. Buss},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={54 4},
  • D. Buss
  • Published 1 April 1988
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Darwin's theory of sexual selection suggests that individuals compete with members of their own sex for reproductively relevant resources held by members of the opposite sex. Four empirical studies were conducted to identify tactics of intrasexual mate competition and to test four evolution-based hypotheses. A preliminary study yielded a taxonomy of tactics. Study 1 used close-friend observers to report performance frequencies of 23 tactics to test the hypotheses. Study 2 replicated Study 1's… 

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