Chapter

The Development of Romantic Relationships

Eric Anderson

in The Monogamy Gap

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777921
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777921.003.0006

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

The Development of Romantic Relationships

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This chapter examines the stages of development of romantic relationships. It shows that there are various types of love and that there are identifiable stages of relationship development that a couple goes through. This chapter also examines the variance between what we are socialized to think and feel about romantic love, and how love actually plays out over the course of a relationship. It explains that at the start of a relationship sex is new and exciting, so it occurs frequently and with high exuberance. However, sex grows dull as a relationship progresses. In other words, as a relationship grows stronger emotionally (over the months and years), it grows weaker sexually. This permits/influences psychological confrontation.

Keywords: relationship development; stages of love; romance; sexual desire

Chapter.  10071 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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