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Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, 4/e
Brian Strong, University of California, Santa Cruz
Barbara Werner Sayad, California State University, Monterey Bay
Christine DeVault, Cabrillo College
William Yarber, Indiana University

Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality

Sexuality Links Chapter 7

Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality

Types of Love

"Love is an emotion that nearly everyone has experienced at some time in their life. One would think that with such a familiar concept, researchers would agree on what constitutes love and how to measure it. That has not been the case. Most research on love is based on a priori theoretical conceptualizations. It's quite possible that if a researcher starts out by defining love and then develops a measure to quantify that conceptualization, the results would tend to reflect this process."
Psychology of Love

This web site presents material on the following topics: Love Conceptions: Historical Background, Psychological Theories about Types of Love, Psychological Theories about the Dynamics of Love(1): Freudian Theory and Self-expansion Theory, Psychological Theories about the Dynamics of Love (II): Attachment Theory, Love vs. Folks Views of Love, Romantic Love and Attachment.
Love and Evolution

This web site presents material on the following: "Empathy and love develop and are expressed above all in the family, in love between parents, in love of parents for children, in the solidarity of the family, which can be seen as the nucleus round which wider group feeling develops. Empathy and love extend from the family group to wider social organisations and ultimately to the community as a whole, the people, the nation. Love is not simply an aspect or an intensification of empathy nor is it to be identified with sexuality, which results in patterns of behaviour nearly universal amongst all living creatures other than the most primitive. Though empathy and sexuality are apparent in the behaviour of animals, by contrast there is little evidence of love in anything resembling the human sense in patterns of animal behaviour."
Jealousy Test

Take a look at this test of jealousy. Try comparing the variations. What makes them different? What makes them the same?
Social Science Looks at Online Intimacy

This essay address how "Cyberspace is often depicted as a depersonalized zone where the socially inept retreat into an alienated world of e-mail and computer bulletin board sysems. People who have formed intimate relationships and marriages online and groups of people who have built "virtual communities" know that this stereotype misses the mark."
Sexual Intimacy Room

This web site provides a forum for e-mail exchanges about sexual intimacy.
Love and Intimacy

This web site presents some insights about the relationship between love, intimacy and sex.
Sex and the Search for Intimacy

"What does it take to experience real intimacy with someone?" This web site attempts to offer some answers to this question.
Sinclair Intimacy Institute

This site provides a "resource developed to help couples improve their sexual relationships and lovemaking skills. Experts agree an essential element of a strong, intimate relationship is a healthy and satisfying sex life."
Love, Lies, and Cyberspace

This site presents information on attraction and love from a social psychological research view.