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Psyc 474, Week 6 notes

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Notes for chapter 7.
Psychological Basis of Sexuality
Ellen Lee
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Date Created: 02/29/16
Chapter 7 Attraction and Love  Physical attractiveness o We would never fall in love with someone’s personality if we didn’t like how  they looked first.  o Tall men are ideal in US culture because it shows status and access to resources.  Tall women are not viewed as positively.  o Heterosexual cisgender women tend to prefer men with deep voices during  ovulation, no difference during other menstrual phases. o Standards of physical attraction are influenced by culture and change depending  on culture.  o Gender role expectations also affect who we are attracted to. People of the same  gender tend to compete against one another to seem more attractive.   Similarity  o We are more likely to be attracted to someone who is similar to us.  o Homogamy: marrying someone like us.  o Young people tend to select a mate age, whereas older people tend to select a  mate with a 2­5 year age difference.  o We tend to be attracted to people who share our backgrounds, attitudes, and  values. o We often date people who live near us and reciprocate our love.  Our culture idealizes romantic love, such as in Romeo and Juliet  Definitions by ancient Greeks o Storge: attachment, friendship, nonsexual affection o Agape: Selfless giving, generosity, charity o Philia: friendship, liking, and respect o Eros: passion, ‘love at first sight’, ‘making love’, romantic love  Infatuation: obsession for another person o Sexual desire, arousal, excitement, passion, crush o Think of their loved one ideally, ignoring any red flags  Love uses many hormones, including dopamine and endorphins  Love in arousal is often characterized as sweaty palms, pounding heart, or butterflies in  the stomach.  Styles of love defined by the Greeks: o Romantic love, game­playing love, friendship, logical love, possessive­excited  love, and selfless love.   Sternberg’s triangular theory of love o Contains the vertices of passion, intimacy, and commitment o Types of love using these components:  Nonlove: absence of all 3 components. Examples: strangers,  acquaintances, casual friendships.  Infatuation: passion only. Example: crush  Liking: intimacy only. Ex: close friendships, friends you would consider  family.   Empty love: commitment only. Example: married couples no longer in  love, but stay today because they don’t believe in divorce.  Fatuous love: passion+commitment. Ex: couples who marry shortly after meeting, then discover they don’t know each other as well as they  thought.  Romantic love: intimacy+passion. Example: summer love, short­term  relationships.   Companionate love: intimacy+commitment. Ex: couple who have been  married a long time, exes who are still friends.  Consummate love: intimacy+passion+commitment. The ideal for most  couples. 


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