Lecture notes chapter 9, the sexual self

Lecture notes chapter 9, the sexual self - A significant...

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A significant part of your sense of self is your sexual self, which includes not only your awareness of your sexual biology and your sexual desires and feelings but also the beliefs and values that guide your sexual behavior, your sense of yourself as male and female and the ways you express that part of yourself, and your disposition regarding the sexuality of potential sex and intimate partners. In this chapter the authors will present different aspects of the sexual self. Beliefs are thoughts and ideas that are assumed to be true. Beliefs can be taken on faith or they can originate from having been tested against reality. Our beliefs help us to make sense of our experiences and to guide behaviors that are intended to satisfy our wants and needs and avoid suffering and pain. We have both conscious and unconscious beliefs. The specific outcome objectives for this chapter include: 1. Describe and give an example of each of the three categories of beliefs 2. List and describe the characteristics of values 3. Explain and give examples of the relationship of beliefs and values to behavioral norms. 4. Define and give examples of three kinds of sexual scripts 5. List and describe the three aspects of gender 6. Define sexual orientation The sense of self is a subjective, inner, moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings, and objective personal traits and patterns of interaction. Sexual self is an awareness of sexual biology, sexual desires and feelings, beliefs and values that guide sexual behavior. Sexual expression is a complex process through which we reveal our sexual selves. It involves behaviors and feelings. Our sexual behaviors are rich with emotions for example surprise, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, sadness, etc. Beliefs are defined as thoughts and ideas that are assumed to be true taken on faith or originating from testing against reality. Conscious beliefs are beliefs one is aware of, able to describe. Unconscious beliefs are out of conscious awareness, not able to describe easily. Attitudes are beliefs associated with a positive or negative judgment or evaluation of an idea. Self-beliefs are the view of self as unique and separate; Self-image is related to beliefs about your character and nature; self-esteem – attitudes about yourself; body image – beliefs about your appearance; and finally body esteem – attitudes about your appearance.
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  • Spring '14
  • Queen
  • Human Sexuality, Beliefs, Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior, sexual scripts

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