HD 3620 Final - HD3620HumanBondingFinalNotes 17:30 4/14...

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HD 3620 – Human Bonding Final Notes 17:30 4/14 Commitment conclusions Commitment and the divorce rate Most likely not due to a decrease in personal commitment More likely due to a decrease in moral and structural commitment Marriage as the ultimate commitment Includes all of the measures of commitment Going public, investing, identification, future orientation Higher breakup rate because many unions aren’t legally binding Food for thought regarding commitment SST: gender differences in commitment Affects everything about human mating Males are going to be reluctant to commit to one partner Females eager to commit to one partner Probability of conception (“biological clock”) Based on more recent discoveries… Like everyone other cell in the body, the quality and stability of sperm cells decline over time and as a function of age Men’s sperm when they are older are not as high-functioning as those produced while they are young Examples include: offspring IQ, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders
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Optimal age for males and females is the same Adult Attachment Patterns Avoidant, ambivalent, secure How to measure? Obviously can’t do strange situation What is the essence (ABC’s) of each pattern? Cognition: can I expect others…? Affect: how does this make me feel…? Behavior: what then should I do? “Internal working model” Adult experiences with partners Child experiences with parents Blame your mother? No, all important relationships contribute Advances in measurement Forced choice versus ratings Dimensions versus types Low avoidance – low anxiety: secure Low avoidance – high anxiety: ambivalent (preoccupied) High avoidance – low anxiety: avoidant (dismissing) High avoidance – high anxiety: disorganized (fearful – avoidant)
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Beyond infatuation? If not, why not? When the drugs wear off, disrupting intimacy and/or commitment Effects of attachment patterns on intimacy Sabotage the development of a pair bond by not developing intimacy Trying to make intimacy happen too quickly/early Needs to be reciprocal/gradual Percentages and gender Accessibility and priming Pattern-consistent memories are most accessible But pattern-inconsistent memories exist and even influence patterns Effects on social information processing Slips Systematic memory “failures” Attachment patterns and social information processing Experiences Form foundation of mental representations Determine expectations Expectations influence behavior Behavior shapes experiences
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Conclusions Adult attachment patterns are NOT absolute… …but they ARE self-perpetuating 4/21 The What, When, Why and How of Breaking Up, Part 1 Slides from Tuesday In relation to the question: “Are people killing their spouses because they’re expressing their aggression or acting out their distress on the person who is most readily accessible?” – NO, if you look at others living in the household, spouses are selectively
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