Tag: Romantic Love (home)

What's the difference between infatuation and love? Infatuation is when you think that he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Stephen Hawking, as noble as Aleksandr Solhenitsyn, as funny as Robin Williams, and as athletic as Arnold Swartzenegger. Love is when you realize he's as sexy as Stephen Hawking, as smart as Arnold Swartzenegger, as funny as Aleksandr Solhenitsyn, as athletic as Robin Williams, and nothing at all like Robert Redford, but you take him anyway.

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Gender Issues, Love, Romantic Love

Love is the answer, but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions. --Woody Allen

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Love, Sex, Romantic Love

I recently read that love is entirely a matter of chemistry. That must be why my wife treats me like toxic waste. -- David Bissonette

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Gender Issues, Marriage, Romantic Love

A Marine stationed in Afghanistan recently received a "Dear John" letter from his girlfriend back home. It read as follows: Dear Ricky, I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that I have cheated on you twice since you've been gone, and it's not fair to either of us. I'm sorry. Please return the picture of me that I sent to you. Love, Becky The Marine asked his fellow Marines for any snapshots they could spare of their girlfriends, sisters, ex-girlfriends, aunts, cousins, etc. In addition to the picture of Becky, Ricky included all the other pictures of the pretty gals he had collected from his buddies. There were 57 photos in that envelope, along with this note. Dear Becky, I'm sorry, but I can't quite remember who you are. Please take your picture from the pile and send the rest back to me. Love, Ricky

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Gender Issues, Revenge, Romantic Love

Hook Ups On Campus: Perhaps the name communicates how non personal and fleeting these relationships are in the minds of most students. The term has been common for over a decade, but only recently has research confirmed the prevalence of the behavior on campus. In 2000 Elizabeth Paul published the first academic look at the ritual of the college hook up. Her research is startling. In a survey of 555 undergrads, she found that 78% had "hooked up" - a term defined as a one time sexual encounter the could range from making out to intercourse, in which the two partners had no plans to pursue a relationship - or perhaps even talk again. 77.7% of women and 84.2% of the men reported having hooked up. Of those 60% said that their hook up included more "genital touching" than "meaningful conversation." The vast majority involve alcohol. A "good hook up" is defined as one about which no one finds out or talks about later. Some researchers feel that this generation may learn a lot about sex in college, but come away with very little knowledge of how to build a meaningful relationship. (MSNBC.com October 4, 2004)

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Lust, Sex, Today's Students, Dating, Romantic Love

In Bible college, I began dating a fellow. During our first month of dating, we decided we should study the Bible together. With my plot well set, one night I opened my Bible to (Proverbs 18:22) and read, "He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord." I looked up, winked, and said, "Couldn't you use a little favor from the Lord?" My boyfriend, a Bible scholar, was quick with his reply from (Proverbs 10:10)--"He who winks the eye causes trouble."

permalink source: Carolyn Kempf, Jackson, Mo. Christian Reader, "Lite Fare."
tags: Gender Issues, Romantic Love

<img src="http://glenandpaula.com/quotes/uploads/1107021021adolescent_romance" width="640" height="524" /> story at http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/chains.htm

permalink source: Figure courtesy of the University of Chicago Press. From the American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 100, No. 1. "Chains of affection: The structure of adolescent romantic and sexual networks," Bearman PS, Moody J, Stovel K.
tags: Teenagers, Romantic Love

[In a study students were asked to explain why their relationship was the way it was...] When students who had been asked to analyze their relationships were compared to students not asked to do so, the researches found that unanalyzed attitudes about the relationship were a better predictor of whether the relationship would still be intact months later than analyzed attitudes. Those who were asked to supply reasons and expressed positive feelings about their relationship were not necessarily still in the relationship six months later. As in the poster study, being asked to give reasons can make unimportant considerations salient temporarily and produce a less, not a more, accurate assesment of how peope really feel.

permalink source: The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Barry Schwartz, 140
tags: Counseling, Romantic Love

I’ve had one-night stands, but they’re just not my nature. I think of myself as much more of a romantic than that. The point of being with someone is out of the hope and desire for connection. Otherwise you might as well just go home and masturbate.

permalink source: Kiefer Sutherland, Rolling Stone, April 20, 2006, p. 46.
tags: Sex, Romantic Love

<b>Unbalanced cohabitation:</b> Apparently commitment isn't all a man is avoiding by living with a girlfriend outside of marriage. Among cohabitating pairs, women contribute more than 70% of the couple's income. Both formal and informal surveys indicate that in such situations, most women expect the relationship to lead to marriage, while most men do not. (Touchstone April 2006 p. 48) Glen's takeaway: more evidence that sex outside of marriage is not primarily an expression of love - it's an expression of selfishness and self-delusion.

permalink source: Ivy Jungle Campus Ministry Update, May 2006
tags: Sex, Romantic Love

Breaking News: Males Easily Interested In Females

Martin Schein and Edgar Hale, of Pennsylvania State University, devoted themselves to studying the sexual behaviour of turkeys in the 1960s, and discovered that the birds are not choosy. Taking a model of a female turkey, they progressively removed body parts until the males lost interest. Even when all that remained was a head on a stick, the male turkeys remained turned on.

permalink source: Elephants on Acid - the 10 wackiest experiments of all time, Mark Henderson, The Times Online, Oct 31, 2007, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article2779808.ece
tags: Gender Issues, Sex, Romantic Love