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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mate guarding: Can jealousy be good?

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If jealousy involves guarding one’s mate from potential rivals, can this maligned emotion actually be a good thing?

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin contend that few things influence our overall fitness more than “relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner.”  This latter effort is
known as “mate guarding.”

When choosing a mate, humans "prioritize from an array of traits such as intelligence, health, kindness, attractiveness, dependability and financial prospects.”  The mate-seeker then compares the prospective mate’s attributes with his or her own. 

If these attributes seem superior to his or her own, then satisfaction and mate guarding intensify.  If these attributes seem inferior, then the prospective mate is more vigorously compared with others in the mating pool.  This comparison continues even as the relationship progresses.

This would suggest that mate guarding, which seems closely associated with jealousy, indicates a high degree of satisfaction within the primary relationship.  It may also suggest that a lack of such “jealousy” indicates at least one partner is looking to dive back into the mating pool.


Copyright June 2, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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