Self-Evaluations Track Perceived Mate Value

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science
EditorsTodd Shackelford, Viviana Weekes-Shackelford
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISBN (Print)9783319196510
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Jun 2016


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Bale, C. (Accepted/In press). Self-Evaluations Track Perceived Mate Value. In T. Shackelford, & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science Springer Verlag.