Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Prospective Mates

  • Christopher J. Holden
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1445-1



Of all available mates, prospective mates are those that the individual has selected for further pursuit and may be investing time and resources in these individuals in an attempt to secure them as a long-term mate.


As one of the most widely studied areas in psychology, self-esteem has been demonstrated to influence a number of outcomes. Most typically, differences emerge for individuals with high self-esteem and those with low self-esteem. The processes surrounding the selection of mates are no exception to this pattern of results. That is, individuals high in self-esteem score higher on self-reported attractiveness (Bale and Archer 2013). Additionally, it has been demonstrated that feedback from potential mates influences state self-esteem (i.e., feelings of self-worth in the moment; Kavanagh et al. 2010).

Self-Esteem and the Selection of Mates

As a species, we are motivated to seek high-quality mates, which in turn increase our...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Carolina UniversityCullowheeUSA