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Bringing a prospective boyfriend/girlfriend home to meet your parents is often nerve-wracking.
What happens if your parents disapprove of who you've chosen to spend your life with? Or, maybe, even worse, what if your parents try to set you up with someone that you don't find appealing? How can parents and their children learn to agree about something so important?
While mate selection is a fundamental part of the evolutionary process, not to mention the subject of countless books and research studies in zoology and evolutionary psychology, applying those same scientific principles to human beings is always difficult. Especially when it comes to the often-rocky family conflicts that can arise due to parents and children disagreeing about mating choices. In some cultures, this can even become a life-or-death issue.
To read more, check out my Psychology Today blog post.
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