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Tie-Up Cycles in Long-Term Mating. Part I: Theory

Lorenza Lucchi Basili () and Pier Luigi Sacco ()
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Lorenza Lucchi Basili: Independent Researcher, 20 Chestnut Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Pier Luigi Sacco: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Boylston Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Challenges, 2016, vol. 7, issue 1, 1-43

Abstract: In this paper, we propose a new approach to couple formation and dynamics that abridges findings from sexual strategies theory and attachment theory to develop a framework where the sexual and emotional aspects of mating are considered in their strategic interaction. Our approach presents several testable implications, some of which find interesting correspondences in the existing literature. Our main result is that, according to our approach, there are six typical dynamic interaction patterns that are more or less conducive to the formation of a stable couple, and that set out an interesting typology for the analysis of real (as well as fictional, as we will see in the second part of the paper) mating behaviors and dynamics.

Keywords: sexual strategies; emotional attachment; mating; couple formation and dynamics; Tie-Up; Active vs. Receptive Areas; frustration and reward; Tie-Up Cycle; flow inversion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A00 C00 Z00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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