|Title of host publication
|Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science
|Todd K. Shackelford, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford
|Springer Nature Switzerland AG
|Number of pages
|Published - 11 May 2021
Since successfully producing offspring is critical from an evolutionary point of view,men and women should be especially concerned with monitoring their status in intrasexual competition for mates (Buss & Schmitt, 1993). Relative desirability as along or short term sexual partner is defined as mate value, and individuals are expected to track this in order to help guide adaptive decision making in mating contexts. Thus, individual’s self-evaluations should reflect relevant social feedback regarding their mate value. Furthermore, assessments of mate value are also expected to predict self-esteem, since this is defined as a global evaluation of the self.