According to this theory if people dont think theyre equitable they become

According to this theory if people dont think theyre

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According to this theory, if people don’t think they’re equitable, they become distressed (the more inequitable, the more distressed they get)oIn order to relieve the distress, they make attempts to restore equity in the relationships (e.g. refuse to go to work, let go of themselves etc. to try and “restore” equity)oIf these processes do occur, they might help to explain patterns of extramarital sex – extramarital sex would be a way to try and restore equity Evolution and Extradyadic SexOccurs in almost every societyHistorically, men sought out more women to produce more kids with themWhat about women? They can’t increase the number of their offspring by increasing their number of sexual partnersoBut it might have been more biologically adaptive for womenoHistorically, sex with other men might have enabled a woman to acquire extra goods and services that enhanced her kids chances of survivaloAlso, having more partners could serve as “insurance”, if her husband died she had another man to turn to for food, shelter and protectionoWoman could “upgrade their genetic line” by having kids with a man who is stronger and bigger than her other partneroLastly, increased the genetic diversity of her kids so they would most likely live longerPolyamoryPolyamory: the “non-possessive, honest, responsible and ethical philosophy and practice of loving multiple people simultaneously”, aka polyThe definition (“amory”) is based on love, not sex, but polygamous relationships alsoinvolve sexSeveral forms of these relationships: oIntentional family – involving 3 or more personsoGroup relationship – committed, loving relationships involving 3 or more partnersoGroup marriage – involving 3 or more persons One specific kind is a triad – involves a married couple and an additional man/woman who all share sexual intimacy The third person or all the people may be bisexualUnlike swinging, the emphasis is on long-term intimate relationshipsUnlike polygyny, both men and woman can have multiple partners
Therefore individuals in these relationships would not consider themselves to be unfaithful or uncommitted Only 4% of Canadians approve of this type of relationship, 16% do not approve but are willing to accept itResearch done on people in these relationships showed that most were in their mid 30’s to mid 50’s, university educated, employed in professional occupations, usually white, high social status and access to resources may be a reason as to why/how they got into these relationships

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