Outline the health benefits that are associated with an active sex life in old age.Human sexuality is the understanding of the differences in gender and the capability to have erotic responses and experiences.

HUMAN SEXUALITY

Table of contents

Abstract…………………………………………………………………………..3

Introduction……………………………………………………………………..4

Deep love is a prerequisite for good sex…………………………………………4

Love, intimacy and sex…………………………………………………………..6

Sexuality in old age………………………………………………………………7

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………….9

References………………………………………………………………………10

Abstract

There are many diverse forms of human sexuality that comprise a range of behaviors, historical periods and sexual expressions that are varied across cultures. Yet we can say that the basic principles of human sexuality are universal and are an integral part of human beings. Sex is the key component and purpose of human existence from love, to procreation to family. This essay will look at human sexuality from how love can be a prerequisite for good sex and also on sexuality among the older people.

Introduction

Human sexuality is the understanding of the differences in gender and the capability to have erotic responses and experiences. It can also be the way a person is sexually attracted to someone else be it to all gender identities, to the opposite sex, same sex, either sex or just not being sexually attracted to any group or person. Usually a person’s sexual activity heightens at puberty (Carlson, Neil and Heth, 2007). There are quite a number of theories that deal with human sexuality such as that of Sigmund Freud which aids in the understanding of sexuality. The evolutionary point of view on human mating as well as the sexual strategies theory and social learning theory give another view point on sexuality (Buss and Schmitt). Human sexuality also has socio cultural aspects where it denotes the historical developments as well the religious belief associated with sexuality including the Jewish and Christian views on sexual pleasure. Human sexuality also deals with issues of sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and methods of birth control. Gender and sexuality are intertwined as it is the defining characteristic for every person. Sexuality encompasses sex, pleasure, gender identities, intimacy, eroticism, sexual orientations and reproduction. It is understood and expressed in our desires, thoughts, beliefs, fantasies, attitudes, roles, practices, behavior and relationships. Sexuality has some bearing on the interaction of the psychological, biological, economic, cultural, social, political legal, religious, ethical, historical and spiritual factors.

Deep love is a prerequisite for good sex.

When a new relationship is being formed a person should put sex at the back of the burner and give this new relationship a chance to grow and develop and see if intimacy will be achieved. If intimacy is achieved then the idea of love will be established and you will know whether love is a possibility or not. If it is considered to be a possibility then sex can be introduced into the mix. Taking time to build a relationship through first giving love a chance then sex later creates a strong bond where there is potential for a lasting relationship.

According to the triangular theory of love developed by psychologist Robert Sternberg, there are three components of love that include intimacy, passion and commitment. The level of love that one experiences relies on the absolute strength of the three components of love. These three elements denote the types and stages of love that can be explained with the different combinations of these three components of love. Without these three then a relationship cannot survive. Having a good relationship that is based on love therefore means that a relationship will prosper and in turn this means that there will be a good sexual understanding in the relationship.

Diagram of the triangular theory of love

Liking according to Sternberg characterizes true friendships where a person feels some warmth and closeness with another person but is not a long term commitment. Infatuated love on the other hand is what can be termed as love at first sight where there is no intimacy and where love can disappear suddenly. Empty love is that kind of love where a stronger love deteriorates but the commitment is still present. The love and intimacy however still exist. Romantic love is where the individuals are bound emotionally and physically through arousal. Compassionate love normally exists in marriages where the passion is lost but the commitment and affection still exist. Fatuous love is where it is exemplified by a whirlwind courtship that results to marriage and that which commitment is motivated by passion. Consummate love is the ideal love in an ideal relationship where very few achieve. Sternberg however cautions that maintaining this kind of love is even harder than achieving it.

Love, intimacy and sex

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