Lec8 - 3/28/11 Love&RomanticRelationships...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 3/28/11 Chapter 8 December 1, 2010
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3/28/11 Goals of Love and Romantic Rships  Lecture To learn why relationships matter to us Identify what we want in a mate (if we  even can. ..) Identify factors that lead to relationship  formation Outline four theories of close relationships
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3/28/11 Need to Belong We are the  social animal We have a need to affiliate  with other people; to  maintain enduring close  relationships Why? Aids survival Live longer
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3/28/11 What characteristics do people seek  in a potential mate? Ideal Partner Preferences Evolutionary Perspective Parental-Investment Theory
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3/28/11 What characteristics do you seek in an ideal  life   partner ? What characteristics do you see in a  sexual   partner ? Are these traits the same or different? and asked them to rank them in order of  importance for both a marriage and a sexual  partner. 
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3/28/11 The items: ____ Healthy ____ Sensitive ____ Attentive to my needs ____ Intelligent ____ Physically Attractive ____ Self-confident ____ Honest or trustworthy
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3/28/11 Sexual Partner Men Women Physically  Attractive Physically  Attractive Healthy Healthy Overall  Personality Attentive to  my needs Attentive to  my needs Sense of  Humor Marriage Partner Men Women Overall  Personality Honest or  Trustworthy Honest or  Trustworthy Sensitive Physically  Attractive Overall  Personality Intelligent Intelligent
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3/28/11 The only trait that came up in all four cases was  “overall personality” Some differences, but many similarities to what is  desired in sexual and marriage partners
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Although men and women report  desiring similar traits in a  partner…. Differences in willingness to engage 
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