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Man is a social being and as such, one of his innate need is the desire to form interpersonal relationships with other human beings.

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Man is a social being and as such, one of his innate needs is the desire to form interpersonal relationships with other human beings. The resulting social bonds from these relationships facilitate other needs as well. These include the need for a sense of belonging, the desire to love and be loved and the desire for sexual fulfillment. From the satisfaction of these needs, man derives a sense of completeness and in the process, his survival is ensured. Human beings are different form each other and consequently, are unique in their tastes and preferences for a suitable mate. This is especially true of the sexes as females differ from males in the selection of that suitable mate otherwise called Mr. Right. For the purpose of the study, Mr. Right will be defined as "the ideal man who meets the unique set of criteria regarding issues of the relationship that are laid down by a woman." These issues may include the man's capability of satisfying her psychological and physiological needs and his ability to adequately provide for the economic well-being of her and the offspring produced from the union. The woman may decide the duration (marriage of brief affairs) of union she wants to develop base on the man's capability of dealing with these issues adequately. ...read more.


Similarly, women report that they desire men who are tender, gentle, sensitive (Nevid, 1984), kind, and understanding (Buss and Barnes, 1986). A man, who looks too mature and too powerful, then may not arouse the woman's warm and care-giving feelings and may not elicit as much attraction as a man who can stimulate nurturing responses (Cunningham, 1989). Additionally, there have been studies that appear inconsistent with the idea that females found males with features suggesting maturing and dominance attractive. In that, McArthur and Apaton (1984) found some facial features (neonate) that elicit feelings of nurturance and care giving may increase. Also, Beck, Ward-Hull and McClear (1976) reported that women preferred male silhouettes with, chest that were slightly larger than average, but women did not prefer men with the largest and most powerful-appearing silhouettes. In contrast to the evolutionary psychological perspectives on mate selection, conflict theorist Marx and Engels, conceptualized mate-selection, as a market in which economic considerations was the sole factor in determining the ideal mate. In the past, capitalism was the order of the day in Western societies and as such, marriage was a business deal. In that, there were advantages of marrying a rich man or a rich woman, of marrying a man of position or the daughter of a minister; getting a housewife or a breadwinner and so forth ( Krupskaia, 1959). ...read more.


After the abolition of slavery, female ex-slaves found themselves in the home and dependent on males for economic support for herself as well as for her offspring. Thus, the power and, prestige which were attached to males who had access to material goods were the most important criteria women would look for in their potential mate. Other psychological traits such as being mannerable and respectful to the female's parents, and being religious were ranked as secondary traits. However, as the liberalization movement gathered momentum in the Caribbean, women were observed entering the working world, and seizing educational opportunities. Today, women outnumber men in the ratio 11:1 at the University of the West Indies and are commanding wages that match their qualification. Together these factors influence the qualities that women are looking for in Mr. Right. As such, Caribbean women from these educational backgrounds like their soviet counterparts consider the traits of being intelligent, educated, someone who is on par with them as the most important ones. Traits such as being kind, understanding, gentle, confident, sensitive, honest, having a sense of humor, ambitious, rich and being spiritual were among the qualities that a sample of female students from the University of the West Indies looked for in Mr. Right, in the fall of 2003. In light of these finding, this study seeks to identify the particular traits or characteristics that female considers essential in selecting Mr. Right and hypothesize that these traits that define Mr. Right will be dependent on the female's age and socio-economic status. ...read more.

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