Outline for Week 4 - The Psychology and Sociology of Love...

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The Psychology and Sociology of Love Psychology and Social Psychological accounts of love: - Stenberg’s Love Triangle - The Wheel of love - Styles of Love o Eros: Love of Beauty o Mania: Obsessive Love o Ludus: Playful Love o Storge: Companionate Love o Agape: Altruistic Love o Pragma: Practical Love Sociological (and social-psych) Theories of Love - Symbolic Interactionism o How we interact has symbolic as well as practical importance Identify emerges from interaction Thus, love is a state of self-definition This is created through interactions with others and culture Social cues are produced in interactions and they signal to you that you are in love, especially when the cues become consistent (your friend keeps mentioning that you appear to be in love with someone) Altercasting: When others ratify your feelings so you can take on the identity of being in love In our culture love is socially ratifying: You appear loveable or worthy/capable of love Adult status
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2010 for the course SOC 351 taught by Professor Schwartz during the Fall '09 term at University of Washington.

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Outline for Week 4 - The Psychology and Sociology of Love...

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