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Lecture 8

01:830:321 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Safe Sex, Casual Sex, Sexual Orientation


Department
Psychology
Course Code
01:830:321
Professor
D.Sanchez
Lecture
8

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Close Relationships Part 2
I-sharing
We also like people who respond similarly to external events, even of dissimilar
backgrounds
Secure and Insecure Attachment Styles
Attachment Style: The way a person typically interacts with significant others.
Is the attachment style we had with our parents related to the attachment style we exhibit
in our romantic relationships?
Intimate/Romantic Relationships
Often involve three basic components:
Feelings of attachment, affection, and love.
The fulfillment of psychological needs.
Interdependence between partners, each of whom has a meaningful influence on
the other.
Murstein’s (1986)
Stimulus-Value-Role Theory
3 Stages of Romantic Relationships:
Stimulus Stage: Attraction is sparked by external attributes such as physical
appearance.
Value Stage: Attachment is based on similarity of values and beliefs.
Role Stage: Commitment is based on the performance of such roles as husband
and wife.
Types of Love (cont.)
Hatfield et al. (1988)
Passionate Love: Romantic love characterized by high arousal, intense attraction,
and fear of rejection.
Companionate Love: A secure, trusting, stable partnership.
Romantic Love: The Thrill of It
Romantic love requires:
A heightened state of physiological arousal; and
The belief that this arousal was triggered by the beloved person.
Sometimes can misattribute physiological arousal to romantic love.
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