Describe variability in physical attractiveness

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Describe variability in physical attractiveness across cultures Explain forms of sexual interest across cultures Love Describe the main theories of love o Love- special attitude with strong emotional and behavioral components o Means different things to different people Very difficult to measure o Concepts we form about love based on Models of relationships we observe Conversations and experiences with others Culture and religion Media o Love not equal lust o Understand the different components of Stemberg’s triangular theory of love There are 3 love components Passion o Builds then fades Intimacy Commitment (decision) Variations in components yield different kinds of love o Intimacy alone= friendship o Passion alone= infatuation o Commitment alone= empty love Patterns and degrees of components often change over time within the same relationship o Which one are more enduring? Which ones have short duration? Passionate love “romantic” love or infatuation Intense psychological arousal Short-lived Companionate love Less intense than passionate love Friendly affection and deep attachment More enduring than passionate love o Which type of kind of love is the hardest to achieve? Consummate love is hardest to achieve “perfect couple” Passion Short duration builds then fades Intimacy
Increase over time and more enduring Commitment Increase over time Friendship- intimacy alone Infatuation- passion alone Empty live- intimacy + passion Companionate love- intimacy + commitment Fatuous love- passion + commitment Consummate love- intimacy+ commitment+ passion Understand Lee’s style of love o Eros (romantic) Love of beauty Powerful physical pull o Mania (obsessive/ possessive) Obsessive relationship Dependency and jealousy Roller coaster love o Ludus (game-playing) Playful love Casual carefree, often careless Nothing serious o Agape (altruistic) Brotherly love self-sacrificing love Patient understanding giving (altruistic) chaste No expectation of reciprocation o Pragma (pragmatic) Realistic and sensible Business like o Storge (companionate) Trust and respect Peaceful No”fever” or turmoil Natural affection o Are these individual styles or relationship styles? o Are these stable styles? Identify different ways love can shape sexual expression in personal relationship Understand jealousy in relationships and gender differences o Jealousy-prone person Low self-esteem High value on wealth and popularity o Negative consequences Precipitates partner violence Stifles relationship development
Raises anxiety depression anger o Gender differences Women- when their rival are thought to be more attractive looking than they are they get jealous. Female show their jealousy and they will let their partner know about it. They get upset at the fact that their partner has a strong emotional connection with another person, not when they have sex with another person

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