FSOS - Part1Quiz1 16:59:00 What is intimacy A fuzzy concept...

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Part 1 Quiz 1 17/03/2010 16:59:00 What is intimacy? A “fuzzy concept” Intimate experiences: feeling close or sharing ourselves with another Intimate relationships: sharing intimate experiences in several areas over time with increasing expectations Modernist and postmodernist perspectives Some theories have less empirical support than others (theories vs. research) All are somewhat equally supported Biopsychosocial Theories/ Melding the Objective and Subjective in Intimacy Objective: Hormones, neurochemistry Physiological systems Behaviors, actions, etc… Subjective: Emotions Emotional experiences Historical and Current-day contexts Thoughts, needs intentions, etc…
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Buss’ Evolutionary Theory of Attraction Extrapolates evolutionary theory Primary purpose of love is to propagate one’s genes to the next generation Homosexuality is not considered in the theory Men want to pass their genes widely. Women want to have few children so they can provide care for insuring their survival Men are attracted to: Signs of Reproductive Fitness (health and youth) Signs of Exclusivity (coyness, being hard to get) Women value both reproductive fitness and the capacity to provide support Reproductive Fitness (fitness, masculinity) Support (Ability to provide) Generosity All potential dating partners, ways to narrow them down to one: closeness—attractiveness—social background—complementary— commitment readiness Wheel of Love Socio-cultural Background Role conceptions Rapport (talk for hours)
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Needs Fulfillment(connection thru needs) Self Revelation (share secrets. ..trust) Mutual Dependency (call for help/excitement) Olson, DeFrain, Skgrand (2008) Friends vs. Lovers Friends Enjoyment, acceptance, trust, respect, mutual assistance, confiding, understanding, spontaneity Lovers Passion Cluster: fascination, sexual desire, exclusiveness, etc. Caring Cluster: Champion/ Advocate, giving to utmost, etc. Good friends More healthy/ honest/ forgiving with friends Friends will be more straight with each other and receptive “Fucked up insecure neurotic emotionally unstable” Friends can argue, Romance cannot. ..afraid of loosing each other Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love Consummate Love: intimacy, passion, commitment Intimacy as a Dance of Individual Partners Each Partner plays a role in the Dance
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o You are in a relationship to improve yourself The importance of Self Focus o The goal is to be in relationships where the separate “I-ness” of the parties can be appreciated and enhanced, and where neither competence nor vulnerability is lost sight of in the self or the other” Clinical Views of Intimacy (Schnarch) Are you in this relationship because it is validating you? Or are you already okay? Intimacy is the recursive process of open self confrontation and self
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course FSOS 1001 taught by Professor Mendenhall during the Fall '10 term at Minnesota.

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FSOS - Part1Quiz1 16:59:00 What is intimacy A fuzzy concept...

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