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Brent Faught

rd CHSC 1F90 October 23 2012 Healthy Relationships & Sexuality Week # 7 - Communication is one of the predominant factors (everyone needs someone to communicate with) o We often take this for granted - Self-Disclosure: ability to talk to someone else, sharing your personal info with others, there is some degree of risk and vulnerability - Considering a listening components and it’s a dying skill - Community skills  important - Intimacy importance 1. Behavioral Interdependence - Characterized by a mutual impact that you have with someone else and your lives are intertwined (prof and student  class every Tuesday), at least 2 people interpret 2. Need Fulfillment - More involved - Approval = do you have a relationship with someone that provides support to the decision that you make in life - Intimacy: sharing feelings freely with one another - Social Integration: ability to share our worries and concerns - Nurturing: nurturing others (taking care of them) and then being able to be nurtured. (You’re my best friend  I provide academic resources for you and you provide them for me) - Reassurance of you self-worth = Big question  do I matter to you? 3. Emotional Attachment & Availability - We need to be involved on an emotional level and available to them - We need to feel free to give and receive emotionally in the relationship but there cannot be any fear of rejection. - Difficult one to handle - Those who are in a relationship with a sig. other and have broken up, are now in a rebound relationship  not successful b/c one of the 2 parties has not been able to get over the emotional attachment from the original relationship, therefore that must be worked out before moving on Relationships - Problematic when there is no intimate relationship (individuals should seek assistance) - Definition of family!!! - Triangular theory of love  think about relationships in your lives, different individuals in this triangle - 7 different love relationships / 3 corners o passion = infatuation o empty love = decision (I have to love you in some form) o liking = intimacy o between infatuation + liking = romantic love (passion + intimacy) o liking + empty love = compassionate love (intimacy+commitment) CHSC 1F90 October 23 2012 o infatuation + empty love = fatuous love (passion+commitment) o In the middle  consumable love (intimacy+passion+commitment) - Women are much more emotional  all about the relationship (Are concerned about getting in relationship but also maintaining it) - Men are not relationship oriented, but task oriented  it’s a job, goal to attain. What allows men to feel they are in a healthy relationship with a sig. other is very much depended upon sexual intimacy - Proximity: how close are you physically to this person - Similarities and differences with others, most relationships are built upon similarities - Men for the most part select partners based on youth and physical attractiveness - Women: maturity and stability (finance), looking for someone who is dependable and who is industrious (focused on objectives in life) in the long run looks are secondary - Dysfunctional family  sub stance abuse (alcohol) and some form of physical, emotional or sexual abuse would hinder the intimacy of that family. - Jealousy  typically involving a 3 person or more. One who is feeling jealous has low self- esteem. Overdependence, needy, high maintenance. Severity of the threat  3 person is better looking, more ed., and better body type. Fear of losing control to the 3 party. Sexual Activity = I don’t like you touching that person/being so close to that person. - Commitment  different types of relationship (gay, straight), common law relationship, there are diff. types of relationships (monogamy: sex with one person, serial monogamy: moving on to another person = death, divorce, open relationship: in committed relationship but sleeping around with another “swinging” - Sexual Orientation  what your affinity is (gay or straight), the desires and goals are the same = intimacy with an individual even though may be same/other sex What makes a successful relationship? - Activity: security, love, trust - Partnering Scripts: biggest factor on how you pick sig. other is the influence from our families. - Self-Nurturance: essentially demonstrating to others that you can look after yourself. Ability to have intimate relationship but can still take care of yourself, if you can’t demonstrate care for yourself how can you possibly care for someone else? - Trust: 3 factors  dependability, predictability, faith (confidence in another individual, certain of what your partners intensions are) Other factors… - Children (much more complex, want to stay together b/c children come first, not just about you - Staying single  what about those who choose not to be in a relationship? 40-41% are single, 54% are male - EXAM! Do sing
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