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In America, we are demanding everything from our marriage.
– Helen Fisher
There exists no culture in which adultery is unknown, no cultural device or code that extinguishes philandering.
A Rolex watch or an expensive car are the things guys often use to show status, wealth, and basic desirability.
I have always been interested in how you can walk into a room and there will be 40 people there and you are immediately drawn to one.
For so many generations, a woman’s only career path was to marry well and to marry up. Those days have changed.
Since when is anyone truly honest with anyone?
It certainly would have been adaptive for ancestral man to have a chubby wife during stressful times of famine. Not only would she have had more calories to burn, and thus more energy and endurance, but since fat stores estrogen, she would have remained fertile for longer.
When chimps threaten, they open their mouth and show their teeth. It’s a little like waving a knife in front of you. It’s very primitive, and therefore bizarre.
The women’s movement is just a symptom of basic changes in the economy that are favoring women.
More and more of us live segmented, compartmentalized lives. This isn’t natural. For millions of years, our forebears knew everyone around them and everyone knew them.
In that early-love stage, you’re in that state of exhilaration. You talk till dawn. You become obsessed with ‘What does he think?’ ‘Does he like me?’ ‘Does he think I’m fat?’
Despite the myth that men are less committed, they are predisposed to desire marriage.
Women are very attracted to a low voice because it’s linked to testosterone, which for millions of years was a sign that men had very good spacial skills and would have been very good at hunting and finding their way back home.
Every time you cuddle with your children, you’re likely to be driving down your testosterone.
You’ve got to remember that men are men and women are women. And although a lot of similarities, there are some real differences.
You size up someone physically in less than one second – too tall, too short, too fat, too thin, too old, too young, too stuffy, too scruffy.
We all have restlessness in long-term relationships.
The only people you and I are likely to know in common are people in the news – politicians, journalists and celebrities.
We evolved in a tropical climate where the smells of plants and flowers were all around us. We spent a lot of time in the trees with a lot of sunlight and no clothes.
We still have community, but we don’t seem to have local community. Even in a small town where you know your neighbors and your mother’s down the street, they’re not in arm’s length.
Good-looking people are always looking for other good-looking people.
Women have a better sense of smell than men do, and it’s even sharper in the middle of their menstrual cycle, when estrogen levels peak and women are more likely to be deciding whether a man’s attractive.
A lot of people head into courtship looking for fireworks. Don’t pass up a chance by dumping someone after a first date because you don’t feel the fireworks. The fireworks can happen at any time and be maintained.
Along with our many human propensities, we evolved a huge cerebral cortex with which we make decisions.
Hair that looks like it’s been naturally sun-bleached makes you seem youthful, like you spend a lot of time outdoors. And that appeals to most people.
Men want to think women don’t cheat, and women want men to think they don’t cheat, and therefore the sexes have been playing a little psychological game with each other.
From my studies of genetics and neuroscience I have come to believe that people fall into four broad personality types – each influenced by a different brain chemical: I call them the Explorer, Builder, Director, and Negotiator.
Of all the foods we share, there is nothing more primordial than meat. It’s no surprise that meat-eaters still want a partner who will give, receive and share this primordial symbol of a budding partnership.
I’ve always maintained that men were more romantic than women.
A woman will toss her head and a man will say, ‘Oh she’s trying to pick me up,’ when in fact she’s not doing that at all. So, women actually have to be a little careful with what they do, because men will pick up things that they didn’t mean.