Romantic love and sexual desire in close relationships Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Libido
  • Love
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Partners
  • Social Desirability

abstract

  • Drawing on recent claims in the study of relationships, attachment, and emotion, the authors hypothesized that romantic love serves a commitment-related function and sexual desire a reproduction-related function. Consistent with these claims, in Study 1, brief experiences of romantic love and sexual desire observed in a 3-min interaction between romantic partners were related to distinct feeling states, distinct nonverbal displays, and commitment- and reproductive-related relationship outcomes, respectively. In Study 2, the nonverbal display of romantic love was related to the release of oxytocin. Discussion focuses on the place of romantic love and sexual desire in the literature on emotion.

publication date

  • May 2006

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/1528-3542.6.2.163

PubMed ID

  • 16768550

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 163

end page

  • 79

volume

  • 6

number

  • 2