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Love and Sexual Relationships. Love. What is love (your personal definition)? Passionate Love Intense feelings, anxiety, short-lived Overlook shortcomings, self-focus Companionate Love Deep attachment, familiarity Overcome shortcomings, other-focus. Implicit theories of love.

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Love
  • What is love (your personal definition)?
  • Passionate Love
    • Intense feelings, anxiety, short-lived
    • Overlook shortcomings, self-focus
  • Companionate Love
    • Deep attachment, familiarity
    • Overcome shortcomings, other-focus
implicit theories of love
Implicit theories of love
  • Developed unconsciously, over time
    • Powerful
    • Unchallenged
    • Defaults
  • Sources of implicit theories of love
    • Parents
    • Peers
    • Media
      • Music, T.V., Movies, etc.
analysis of a love song
Analysis of a love song

Students to analyze one of 9 songs:

  • Truly, madly, deeply (Savage Garden)
  • Drowning (Backstreet Boys)
  • My heart will go on (Celine Dion)
  • From this moment on (Shania Twain)
  • 2 become 1 (Spice Girls)
  • Commitment (LeAnn Rimes)
  • As long as you love me (Backstreet Boys)
  • Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)
  • Drops of Jupiter (Train)
themes in north american love songs
Themes in North American Love Songs
  • Loss of control
  • Love lasts forever
  • Complete dependency on other person
  • Love solves all problems
  • “The one” – there is only one love for each
  • Connectedness, even when not together
chinese love songs tothbaum tsang 1998
Chinese Love Songs (Tothbaum & Tsang, 1998)
  • Collectivism vs Individualism
  • Independent vs Interdependent
  • Chinese vs North American Love Songs
    • Embeddedness 79% vs 39%
      • Embedded in natural world 43% vs 16%
      • Embedded in Relationship 55% vs 26%
    • Negative expectations for relationship
      • 69% vs 37%
      • Suffering expected: 69% to 47%
    • Intensity and Desire were similar across cultures
  • Chinese values of loyalty, devotion, commitment
  • Taoist yuan, futility of strivings
models of love
Models of Love

Sternberg’s Triangular Model

  • Passion
  • Intimacy
  • Commitment

Lee’s Styles of Loving

Biochemistry

  • PEA, norepinephrine, dopamine  giddy, brief
  • Endorphins  soothing, pain relief, long-term