week 9 Final Project Personal Response on Sexual Identity
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Personal Response on Sexual Identity Final Project: Psy 265 Axia College of the University of Phoenix Personal Response on Sexual Identity 2 Everyone has a different perspective when it comes to sexuality. How does a person define sexuality within their own lives? Within this thesis we will discuss how the author related value systems and critical thinking to sexual decisionmaking before and after this course as well as the effect of environment and historical perspectives towards my sexuality. The development of my gender identity will be discussed and analyzing the effect of attraction and love within my relationships. We will also be discussing the role of the senses in sexual arousal, how it has been useful to me, and how it relates to my life. How do people relate value systems and critical thinking to their sexual decisionmaking? This course has taught me many new things including a refresher for the things that I already knew but had forgotten. When it comes to sexual identity, I was raised in a home that had a strong spiritual background, and was taught to guard my virtue at all times. Values were taught throughout my youth, and I was taught a wide variety of things such as premarital sex, pregnancy, and contraception. Even though I still carry views taught by family, I can also relate to ethical relativism the most out of all the value systems. I can relate because I do not believe that everyone is the same or share the same beliefs of others regarding to sex. I believe that just because I believe it does not mean the next person will. I do not expect anyone else to carry my views nor do I push my opinions off on others. My parents wanted me to know that according to the Bible, sex before marriage was not allowed. They entrusted me to make the right choice but if I chose to engage in sexual intercourse wanted me to be prepared with the correct information. My parents also taught me Personal Response on Sexual Identity 3 about how to use critical thinking when it came to a sexual situation. I have used those skills taught even though I am in a committed relationship. Because I was married young I was under the impression that I would never use those skills again and would never have to worry about my sexual identity. Since taking this course, it has taught me that people do change even if they are married as well as their needs. When my husband and I experience difficult times, it would be easy to seek comfort elsewhere. Using the skills and information I have learned since starting this course has given me techniques to make it through those difficult times, and how to use critical thinking to be objective. Next we will discuss the effect of environment and historical perspectives on my sexuality. Religion has contributed to my historical perspective. Being raised as a Christian has given me certain perspectives towards sexuality. Even thought I do not believe everyone has different views, I do not believe in having sex before marriage, cohabitation, homosexuals, or having children out of wedlock. Having these perspectives have helped to shape my own sexual identity. The environment around us plays a major part on everyone’s sexuality. Media and entertainment portrays what a person should perceive as correct. The company a person keeps also plays a part as to how one perceives their sexuality. As a direct result, some may believe certain sexual attitudes, or experiences are correct instead of making one’s own personal choices based off one’s own personal belief system. These beliefs may also play a part in how one perceives their own sexual orientation. Personal Response on Sexual Identity 4 Gender identity is assigned before birth. Hormonal error during the development stage can hinder a person’s gender identity. Being secure with my female identification comes not only from having physical traits that fit the description of being feminine, but also because of the chromosomes that are consistent with the genetic makeup. Not only do I have certain traits but also because of the stereotypes of gender role being described as being affectionate, sensitive, and caring. Physical traits, behaviors, and stereotypes have helped me with the identification of my own gender identity. Having these characteristics of being a women have helped me to develop natural skills of being a wife, and mother. The effects of attraction and love I have experienced in my relationships are based on several things that I have learned throughout life. The relationship that I have with my husband started when we were teenagers. This grew from a close friendship that turned into a crush for many years. When we started to date we had known each other for many years and developed into a lasting relationship when we decided to marry. We have always been very close to this day and have great love and respect for one another. Because we both were very spiritual people, we did not cohabitate nor did we engage in premarital sex. Going into our marriage, there were many surprises that awaited us. It was exciting and fresh on our wedding night because we had been looking forward to this day for years. I believe that by both of us following our belief system allowed us to experience the pleasure of each other without having to add the extra pressure of sexual intercourse into the relationship. Even though we both wanted to have sex, waiting worked out well for our relationship. Still to this day, we Personal Response on Sexual Identity 5 are very much attracted to one another, and are deep in love. Being in this type of love relationship has given us an advantage towards working towards the future. Before people enter into a relationship, there are certain attributes that they look for in a person. Something about the person attracts them to the other. I believe that physical attraction is what catches someone’s eye, but does not necessarily keep a person’s interest. Things are no different for me. I am usually attracted by sight first. When I was dating, if I were not first attracted to them, I would usually not persist with a relationship. After I would establish certain physical attributes, I would then focus on personality as well as mutual similarities in that person. I believe finding someone who is appealing in every way play certain roles in determining what kind of relationship one may have. One other subject that I found interesting and useful to me was the subject of sexual dysfunction. I believe that many people are affected by this issue as well as finding it hard to discuss to anyone, even one’s private physician. Most people generally suffer this alone in fear that their partner may not understand. Sexual dysfunctions can occur in both men, and women. The topic that I found interesting was sexual desire disorder. Some of the factors that attribute to this disorder are stress, anxiety, and depression. Some medications may cause this disorder as well as a past sexual experience that may have been traumatic. Psychological problems may also exist because of this disorder and contacting a professional is strongly recommended. The treatment involved that may help is sex therapy. One way to promote a cure may be open communication with one’s partner to find techniques to help find a solution to the problem. Personal Response on Sexual Identity 6 This information will be very useful later in life if either I or my husband develops this disorder. Gaining this knowledge will enable me to give compassion and support about this issue. This will also give him additional information and assurance that it is common due to certain events and he should not be ashamed. I believe that being able to provide this support and understanding will allow him to be open and honest enough with me and may also bring us closer together to solve the problem. In conclusion, I started this course thinking that I knew everything there was to know about human sexuality. I learned that many different things play a major part into my own sexuality, and how my sexual identity became just that, mine. I also learned how my own relationships throughout the course of my life helped in that development. Besides that, I learned new ways to help identify normal childhood sexual behaviors as well as sexuality at different life stages. I have learned many different things that I can incorporate within my own life and techniques to help me within my own relationship to keep it going strong. Personal Response on Sexual Identity 7 Rathus, S.A., Nevid, J.S., and FichnerRathus, L. (2005). Human sexuality in a world of diversity. ( 6 ed.) Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
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