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HDFS 2/15/16 Interpersonal Dynamics of Sexual Intimacy Individual and Interpersonal factors affecting intimacy History of Sex Research Began in the fields of biology and psychology Informed by medical model Focused on sex as a biological function and an innate drive that was natural and spontaneous Sex is NOT a natural act Not a natural act but a learned behavior Not something we are born knowing how to do Complicated social and behavioral interaction Like all social interactions, sex is like a language that we learn and need to be taught The focus historically Individual factors impacting sex: age, gender, physical health, mental health, self-esteem, body image, attachment style Sexual Intimacy Sex research has a long tradition of studying intraindividual responses, focusing on sexual function as a stable individual feature instead of a dynamic interactional process Has been clearly demonstrated that sexuality is determined by individual processes and is related to a range of individual outcomes Classifying Sexual Problems Too often a reliance on a nosology (classification) of sexual dysfunction that labels one individual as problematic, thereby ignoring important system factors Expanding Models Dynamic and interpersonal nature of sexuality has thus been widely written, spoken, and taught about Yet, empirical research keeps an individual focus by relying on individualistic explanatory models and research methods that limit the understanding of sexual interactions between partners Clinical Practice vs. Research Interpersonal perspective on sexuality is integrated in clinical practice, but is much less developed at the theoretical and empirical level Both Individual an d Interpersonal Factors are Important Sexual problems are typically experienced in complex rational environments, with the person’s distress often predicated on the relational setting and reactions of the partner A comprehensive understanding of sexuality as an interpersonal phenomenon requires consideration of relational features in addition to individual processes Future Directions Future research may help explain how sexuality influences/is influenced by the relational context Still unclear how relationship variables may contribute to the development, maintenance, and exacerbation of sexual problems New models for understanding sexuality Emotion Regulation Device Sexual system can be conceptualized as an emotion regulation device that involves a dynamic interplay between cognitive, affective, and motivational responses It’s likely that partner variables, relationship processes, and sociorelational context will interact with these individual responses and eventually shape how sexual emotions are generated and regulated Reciprocity “How can I be loveable and supportive when she doesn’t want to have sex and how can I have sex when he’s not loveable and supportive?” ^^ Point to the reciprocity between individual sexuality and the partner’s Historical Concepts of Sex Or a while, sexuality was primary considered a basic motivational drive; an instinctive, spontaneous, and irresistible force Sex as Language: Expression of Emotions Emotion Perspective Sexual arousal can be best understood as an emotional episode that is triggered by specific stimuli and is experienced and expressed through changes in different response systems Cognitive, experiential, physiological, motivational, behavioral Autonomy and Closeness Sexual intimacy and sexual desire Paradox Familiar/safe and mysterious/dangerous Love: to have, Desire: to want Sex isn’t something you do, it’s a place you go within yourself and with another
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