Sex Glossary

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Sex Glossary
2013-03-14 13:17:12
Chapter 11 20 Sexual Psychology

Sexual Psychology Glossary
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  1. The tendency to like someone more if we have been exposed to him or her repeatedly.
    Mere-exposure effect
  2. The tendency to have contact with people equal in social status.
  3. The tendency for men and women to choose as partners people who match them, that is, who are similar in attitudes, intelligence, and attractiveness.
    Matching phenomenon
  4. A quality of relationships characterized by commitment, feelings of closeness and trust, and self-disclosure.
  5. Telling personal things about yourself.
  6. A story about what love should be like, including characters, a plot, and a theme.
    Love story
  7. A state of intense longing for union with the other person and of intense physiological arousal.
    Passionate love
  8. A feeling of deep attachment and commitment to a person with whom one has an intimate relationship.
    Companionate love
  9. Defining some concept or term by how it is measured, for example, defining intelligence as those abilities that are measured by IQ tests.
    Operational definition
  10. Berscheid and Walster's theory that two conditions must exist simultaneously for passionate love to occur: physiological arousal and attaching a cognitive label ("love") to the feeling.
    Two-component theory of love
  11. When one is in a stage of physiological arousal (e.g. from exercising or being in a frightening situation), attributing these feelings to love or attraction to the person present.
    Misattribution of arousal
  12. What the speaker means
  13. What someone else understands the speaker to mean.
  14. A communicator whose impact matches his or her intent.
    Effective communicator
  15. Speaking for yourself, using the word "I", not mind reading.
    "I" language
  16. Making assumptions about what your partner thinks or feels.
    Mind reading
  17. Giving specific examples of the issue being discussed.
  18. Telling your partner what you are feeling by stating your thoughts clearly, simply, and honestly.
  19. Censoring or not saying things that would be deliberately hurtful to your partner or that are irrelevant.
  20. Saying, in your own words, what you thought your partner meant.
  21. Communication not through words, but through the body; for example, eye contact, tone of voice, touching.
    Nonverbal communication
  22. Telling your partner that, given his or her point of view, you can see why he or she thinks a certain way.
  23. A set of rules designed to make arguments constructive rather than destructive.
    Fighting fair