Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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


  • Alita CousinsEmail author
  • Madeleine Fugère
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_147-1



Some forms of mate retention involve the use of deception, manipulation, and exploitation of a romantic partner.


Some mate retention tactics are used to manipulate a partner. For instance, in the Mate Retention Tactics Scale, the subscale intersexual negative inducements consists of items that measure behaviors used by one partner to get what he or she wants from the other partner and to provoke negative emotions from a partner (Shackelford et al. 2005). For instance, an individual may flirt with someone in front of his or her partner to cause sexual jealousy. Provoking jealousy may be used as a tactic to manipulate a partner into paying more attention to the individual or to discourage a partner from paying attention to someone he or she is interested in romantically.

Mate Retention in Marriage

Research on married couples shows that mate value plays a role in manipulation of a partner. Mate value...


Intimate Partner Violence Personality Trait Romantic Relationship Physical Violence Romantic Partner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentEastern Connecticut State UniversityWillimanticUSA
  2. 2.Eastern Connecticut StateWillimanticUSA