Great myths of intimate relationships : dating, sex, and marriage / Matthew D. Johnson.

Johnson, Matthew D., 1978- author.
Chichester, West Sussex, England : Wiley Blackwell, 2016.
1 online resource (277 p.)
Great myths of psychology.
Great Myths of Psychology

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Interpersonal attraction.
Dating (Social customs).
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"Great Myths of Intimate Relationships provides a captivating, pithy introduction to the subject that challenges and demystifies the many fabrications and stereotypes surrounding relationships, attraction, sex, love, internet dating, and heartbreak. The book thoroughly interrogates the current research on topics such as attraction, sex, love, internet dating, and heartbreak Takes an argument driven approach to the study of intimate relationships, encouraging critical engagement with the subject Part of The Great Myths series, it's written in a style that is compelling and succinct, making it ideal for general readers and undergraduates "-- Provided by publisher.
"Intimate relationships is an area heavily cloaked in misconceptions, many of which are relayed as concrete truths; for example, opposites attract, preventing disagreements is vital to a good relationship, and having children can save a marriage. Even some of the most intuitive theories have proved to be wrong or at least much more complicated than the prevailing wisdom, and partially or completely contradicted by scientific research. Great Myths of Intimate Relationships is structured around demystifying the fabrications and stereotypes that dominate the popular understanding of love. Drawing on the very latest studies, and making use of empirical research, the book lays out, reviews and debunks some of the most persistent misconceptions through examining their origins and developments. Johnson explores the current research on topics such as attraction, sex, love, internet dating, and heartbreak, encouraging critical thinking about the science of intimate relationships. Written in a style that is both compelling and succinct, Great Myths of Intimate Relationships is an ideal resource for the interested reader as well as undergraduates of related courses"-- Provided by publisher.
Title Page; Table of Contents; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; 1 SEX; Myth #1 Men have a stronger libido than women; Myth #2 Hooking up in college is bad for women; Myth #3 All marriages have been consummated; Myth #4 All marriages are sexually active; 2 ATTRACTION AND COURTSHIP; Myth #5 Being smooth is the best way to pick someone up; Myth #6 Opposites attract; Myth #7 People know what they want in a partner; 3 ONLINE DATING; Myth #8 Having access to innumerable online profiles of potential partners increases the likelihood of finding Mr. or Ms. Right
Myth #9 Meeting potential partners electronically prior to meeting them in person decreases the chances of a successful relationshipMyth #10 Couples who are "matched" by online dating services are more likely to have satisfying relationships; 4 SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS; Myth #11 The gender to which people are attracted is stable (or: the gender to which people are attracted is fluid); Myth #12 There are no differences between same-sex relationships and heterosexual relationships; Myth #13 Children raised by other-sex couples are better off than children raised by same-sex couples
5 PREDICTING SUCCESS AND FAILURE IN RELATIONSHIPSMyth #14 Living together before marriage is a good way to determine whether you're with the right person; Myth #15 Premarital counseling or relationship education programs prevent discord and divorce; Myth #16 Good communication is the key to a happy relationship; Myth #17 The key to a good relationship is knowing how to solve your problems; Myth #18 Having children brings couples closer; Myth #19 Stress is bad for relationships; Myth #20 Supporting your partner will improve your relationship; 6 DIFFERENCES, DISCORD, AND DISSOLUTION
Myth #21 Men are from Mars, women are from VenusMyth #22 Only men perpetrate violence in intimate relationships; Myth #23 Marital therapy doesn't work; Myth #24 The first cut is the deepest; Myth #25 Things will improve once you're divorced; CODA; REFERENCES; AUTHOR INDEX; SUBJECT INDEX; End User License Agreement
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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