Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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| Editors: Todd K. Shackelford, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford


  • William F. McKibbinEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_144-1



Certain personality features predict individuals’ deployment of mate retention behaviors.


Benefit-provisioning personality features (those associated with greater likelihood of providing benefits to one’s partner) are significantly correlated with certain types of mate retention behaviors.

The popular Big Five Model of Personality describes a taxonomy of personality broken down into five factors: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion (or surgency), agreeableness, and emotional stability (or neuroticism) (Goldberg 1992; McCrae and Costa 1987; Norman 1963). Mate retention behaviors result from evolved psychological mechanisms in response to the adaptive problem of retaining a mate in a relationship (Buss 1988).

Mate retention behaviors are described in a taxonomy of five categories (direct guarding, intersexual negative inducements, intrasexual negative inducements, public signals of possession, and positive inducements) further...

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  1. 1.University of Michigan – FlintFlintUSA