Thursday, February 26, 2009

I hate to say it, but I am drowning in papers to be graded. So, this blog is NOT a representation of my ability, skill, or anything about me. That’s my disclaimer.
I can only apologize for not posting earlier today!

So, attraction. Today’s focus is on the difference between short-term and long-term strategies. A long-term strategy is one where the individual wants to find the love of a life-time. These individuals prefer mates who are kinder, more affectionate, more responsible, and more loyal. If you are only in it for the short run, you basically only care about physical and sexual attractiveness.

Researchers have often been interested in what type of person chooses which strategy. The main answer is that the people who can, prefer the short-term, especially if you are male. Men of high status and wealth historically have had multiple wives, mistresses, concubines, and less thans. The more valuable the man, the less likely you can hold on to him.

I think this may be one of the attractions to historical, especially regency, romances. The powerful man who is loyal to one woman is a rarity—and all the more intriguing.

Another answer as to what type of person chooses which strategy is age. Young people are more likely to try out the short-term strategy on the road to a long-term strategy. No surprise there.

The third answer is change. After a divorce, people go for the short-term (since the long-term proved itself disappointing). After a change in status, such as an increase or decrease in wealth, an individual is also likely to try out the short-term.

How do we apply all this to our writing? I envision all sorts of plot twists in our futures…when I can find time to write!!


Evonne Wareham said...

Facinating as usual. As you mention, the theme of the one woman who can change and hold a rake is a popular one for historicals. It has to be a special kind of woman. And of course all our heroines are special women. Just like their creators :)

Savanna Kougar said...

Evonne, well said.

I think it marks our culture as less than... real men once they grow up, want real women... not short-term sexual dalliances.

So too bad for our quality of life on Earth... it could be so much than it is.

Lexie, short but good!