Positivity resonance that results in coinciding brain

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positivity resonance that results in “coinciding brain activity in both you and the person of your focus” (Fredrickson 113). In this perspective, it shows that the traditional norm of love in the form of relationships that can be only achievable between people with a “shared history”, or “special bond”, is not required to completely understand another person, as “neural coupling” can even occur between strangers. However, in Bell’s work, the archetype the “relational woman”, categorized by “having little conflict over relational desire but a high degree of conflict
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Young 4 over sexual desire”, reveals the flaws within neural coupling (Bell 30). As suggested by Bell, women in this archetype are worrisome that “their strong sexual desire might be incompatible with a stable relationship”, and thus emphasize the lengthiness of relationships as the main focus in love. In a interview conducted with Alicia, an individual who falls within this archetype, she discusses how her goal in achieving connections with others a goal to have a “traditional family”, which differs her own abusive and isolated childhood, through the process of “[acquiring] a good man who would treat her well, and want to marry her” (Bell 39). Alluding to Fredrickson’s essay, the flaw represented in this archetype would pertain to the idea that having a marriage in order to achieve the the physical aspects of a traditional family does not alleviate the real issue of yearn- ing to create positive connections within a family. As Hassan’s work shows, simple attentive communication between individuals generates a greater understanding of each other over being in a committed relationship. In this perspective, it creates a flaw within Alicia’s real motivation to find connections with other people, as Fredrickson’s work suggests that Alicia’s desire to have a traditional family is a product of her body “longing” to generate positive connections with oth- ers in the form of brain synchronization. Along with oxytocin, another body system that exposes a flaw within Bell’s work is brain synchronization. Besides brain synchronization, Fredrickson’s biological system of vagal tone also ex- hibits a flaw within Bell’s relational woman archetype. The vagal nerve, which is responsible for stimulating tiny facial muscles”, enables individuals to make “better eye contact and synchronize your facial expressions with another person” (Fredrickson 118). And to measure the strength of this nerve, the vagal tone, the “heart rate in conjunction with breathing rate”, is used to determine an individual’s “biological aptitude for love” (Fredrickson 118). Along with this, Fredrickson then demonstrates that people with higher vagal tones “experience more micro-moments of
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  • Fall '09
  • DEMETRAKAREMAN
  • Human sexual behavior, Barbra Fredrickson

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