Competition in males and females

Our evolved psychological mechanisms are not only shaped by natural selection but also by sexual or intrasexual selection. While naturally selected traits are primarily those that help us to survive, sexually selected traits are those that help us to successfully reproduce. Imagine there’s a number floating above everyone’s head ranging from 0 to 10 that describes how …

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What makes a man attractive?

What makes a man attractive to women?What are the traits that women look for in men? There are two major factors that shape our mate preferences. First is the millions of years of evolutionary programming and the second is our unique individual psychological make-up shaped by our past life experiences. There are traits that most …

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What makes a woman attractive to men

Attraction can sometimes be a very complex thing. What one man finds attractive in a woman, another may not. This is especially true when we take into account the psychological make-up of a person, shaped by his past life experiences. But, for the most part, the attraction is mainly determined by certain evolved physical and mental …

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Risk-taking behaviour in men and women

Why are men more prone to engaging in risk-taking behaviour compared to women? I’m sure you’ve seen one of those clips on social media where people, predominantly men, injure themselves doing silly things. Yes, that’s what I’m talking about. In our ancestral times, hunting was a risky but potentially rewarding activity. A successful hunt provided …

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Why do women love shopping?

This article will discuss why women love shopping so much while men barely show any interest in it. Instead, men seem to enjoy things like sports, fishing, and camping more. It was like a typical evening of any modern family. The teenaged boy was tapping on his phone vigorously while his sister kept scrolling on her own device. …

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Evolutionary explanations of food preferences

Consumption of food plays a pivotal role in ensuring the survival and functionality of all organisms- be it a single-celled amoeba, a plant, or a human being. All living organisms are programmed to obtain food from their environments in some way or the other. Besides being programmed to obtain food, humans have also evolved certain …

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We’re all evolved to be hunter-gatherers

Modern homo sapiens evolved around 200,000 years ago and lived mainly as hunter-gatherers. They mostly led nomadic lives moving from place to place in search of food. Their bodies had evolved to make them efficient hunter-gatherers and this continued for thousands of years. Changes in the hunter-gatherer way of life began only recently with respect …

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How evolved psychological mechanisms work

An evolved psychological mechanism is a behavioural program present in an organism that tends to ensure its survival and reproductive success.  Over the period of evolution of an organism, behavioural strategies that enable its successful survival and reproduction get selected and are passed on to succeeding generations. The result is that the behavioural strategies you …

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Evolutionary perspective in psychology

Evolutionary psychology, as the name suggests, is the application of the principles of evolutionary theory to psychology. Before you can understand how an evolutionary perspective can be applied to human behavior, you first need to have a firm grasp on the theory of evolution itself. Theory of evolution  It’s the year 2500 A.D. and mankind …

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Psychology of laughter (Explained)

Ever wondered why do we laugh? What’s the psychology of laughter? As much as I enjoy laughter and jokes, I also find these phenomena weird. I mean, if you think about it, laughter is creepy. You open your mouth wide open as if to engulf the earth and go ‘HAHAHA’ whilst shaking your body like a vibrator …

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