Sexuality notes week 6
Sexuality notes week 6 HDFS 3040-001
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Date Created: 09/25/16
Chapter 7: Love and Communication 9/21/16 Sexual Scripts • Script: acts, rules, expectations associated with a particular role o Organize behavior, make it predictable • Scripts determine when, where, why, what, and whom we feel it is ok to have sex • Scripts are learned- not instinctual, but rather influenced by the culture, social environment, experiences, attitudes, beliefs, etc. • Common sexual scripts in the U.S. historically o “Sex” is intercourse o Masturbation is discouraged – especially in females o Traditional script said that sexual intercourse should be saved for marriage – in some religious views it should be reserved for procreation o Today’s predominant script is the romantic script: sex is ok as long as there is a loving relationship o Other scripts: friends with benefits, casual sex, hookups o Utilitarian-predatory: have sex for reasons other than pleasure, reproduction or love (could be money, advancement, status) o Intrapsychic: the internal scripts we have about our own sexuality (may be unclear, inconsistent, and change over time) § In couples, problems may occur when one person’s intrapsychic script doesn’t match the other person’s intrapsychic script o Interpersonal: scripts we share with our sexual partner, shared conventions and signals that allow 2 people to engage in sexual behaviors (includes body language, words, the “w’s” mentioned above, etc.) Types of Love • Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love o Passion: physical attraction, motivational component, very powerful, pleasurable § Builds then fades over time o Intimacy: emotional component that gives us feelings of warmth, closeness § Continues to build over time o Commitment: cognitive component, conscious decision to remain in the relationship § Continues to build over time • Falling in love o What occurs to our bodies as we go through the experience of falling in love? o Why do we fall in love with certain people and not others? o Chemistry § The intense passion experienced when falling in love is partially due to brain chemistry § Neurotransmitters: dopamine (novelty) and norepinephrine – produce euphoria, giddiness, etc. § Oxytocin released by the hypothalamus during cuddling and physical intimacy o
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