Week Nine - PSY 265 - Final Project - Personal Response on Sexual Identity

Week Nine - PSY 265 - Final Project - Personal Response on Sexual Identity

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1 Running head: SEXUAL IDENTITY Personal Response on Sexual Identity 1. YOUR NAME PSY/265 DATE NAME OF PROFESSOR Personal Response on Sexual Identity
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The topic of sexual identity is often-times the main component of a human being’s sexuality. A person’s sexual identity can be traced as far as back as the development stages and continues developing as a person becomes older. Numerous factors exist that pertain to the influencers of a person’s sexual identity, and it is these influencers that ultimately shape a person’s sexual identity. Sexual identity, however, has the capacity to develop throughout a person’s lifetime; it can be influenced and transformed throughout time. Factors that can contribute to this transformation include value systems, environmental factors, gender identity, love, relationships, and historical perspectives (Nevid, Rathus & Fichner-Rathus, 2005). This paper will go into detail in regard to the aforementioned topics and will be expressed from a personal perspective. Value Systems and Critical Thinking Pertaining to Sexual Decision Making It is critical for a person to make educated sexual decisions in order to better the likelihood of an unwanted outcome from not taking place. As such, the more a person is informed, the better the sexual decision will ultimately be. Being a mature and older male, I feel as if I have established a positive value system; therefore, I have the ability to make conscientious decisions pertaining to sexual situations. When such a situation arises, I customarily utilize critical thinking skills prior to making a sexual decision. I have been enhancing my critical thinking skills in this capacity on an ongoing basis and am reaching a point in which I am confident in them. When I was younger, I was not as well equipped to make sexual decisions, and as such, I did not make well informed decisions. However, as I have become older, I have found that my ability to make such decisions has greatly improved. This, nonetheless, has been derived from a great amount of trial and error. 2
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SEXUAL IDENTITY 3 As a result of this course, I have discovered a great deal pertaining to my sexuality and the process in which I make sexual decisions. I have found out that I have a tendency to rationalize when it comes to my value system and analyze the potential outcomes prior to making any decisions. I try to analyze the situation from an outside perspective and employ situation ethics. I have also discovered that I am more skeptical than I previously thought. I never considered myself to be a person that can be easily manipulated. However, this course has brought me to the realization that my sexual
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2010 for the course PSY/265 PSY/265 taught by Professor Axiacollege during the Fall '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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Week Nine - PSY 265 - Final Project - Personal Response on Sexual Identity

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