Is love just one trick, technique, or pick-up line away? Any technique, tactic, or dating strategy is not a fool-proof, never-fail, approach. However, "game", "seduction", "rules" and other approaches can make someone more likely to like you, love you, and want to take you home. This topic was explored by a recent article by Oesch and Miklousic (2012) in the journal of Evolutionary Psychology.
When they work, they do so by tapping into some very basic, evolutionary and psychological mechanisms. In the article, the two authors describe the parallels between pick-up artist seduction tactics and what evolutionary psychology theory says about human courtship.
Young men continued to get a lot of their dating advice from their peers in the locker room, and if they were lucky, an older male mentor who knew the ropes.
For those who are familiar with pick-up artist literature and the seduction community, the authors chose "classics" from the field to evaluate; by Neil Strauss.
Through their literature review and assessment, Oesch and Miklousic (2012) find considerable evolutionary support for the overall pick-up model of dating.
More specifically, they lend support to the pick-up idea that courtship can be understood (and influenced) as a three-stage process of .
Attraction - is defined by social psychologists as a positive evaluation of another and a desire to initiate contact and intimacy.