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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 7: Love, Sexuality, & Relationship Formation The Cultural Prominence of Intimacy Intimacy : state of being emotionally & affectionately close to another person Cultural images & media messages tell us that we cant be truly fulfilled w/o falling in love, being sexually satisfied, & having a long-term relationship w/someone Most ppl are inclined to enter a long-term relationship expecting their partner to fulfill all their sexual, emotional, social, intellectual, & economic needs Romantic Love Websters dictionary- love : attraction or desire for a person who arouses delight or admiration & elicits feelings of tenderness or sympathy Early stages of love are frequently associated w/uncertainty, ambivalence, obsessive preoccupation & jealousy Love is a relatively enduring bond where a small # of ppl are affectionate & emotionally committed to each other, define their collective well being as a major goal, & feel obliged to provide care & practical assistance for each other. Ppl who love each other also usually share physical contact; they talk to each other frequently & cooperate in some routine tasks of daily life Passionate love : intense, sexually thrilling feelings of attraction that mark the beginning of a relationship Companionate love : quiet, predicable affection that ppl experience later in a relationship Constructionist perspective, it is our subjective interpretation of specific relationship that defines it as either friendship or love Cultural variations in Love History- public displays of affection between spouses were considered improper, even blasphemous Rarely in history has love been the main reason for getting married Karen Dion & Kenneth Dion found that romantic love is much more important as a basis for intimate relationships in individualist societies that in collectivist societies that emphasize group obligations Society celebrates individual freedom, ppls intimate choices are likely to be driven by personal feelings & emotions Collectivist societies where romantic love is a less crucial aspect of relationships, ppls intimate expectations can seem quite low to us Japanese, the strength of marriage is a matter of patience & low expectations Low expectations may help to prevent marital breakups Japanese divorce rate is slightly more than that of the US About 1/3 rd of the Japanese ppl in 1 survey would marry the same person if they had to do it over again Whats love got to do w/it? William Jankowiak & Edward Fisher examined cultural folklore & anthropologists accounts of...
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