Love, Sex, and Psychology
By Anna Petrashen
June 7th, 2007.
Love aint nothing but sex misspelled said Harlan Ellison , but in order to truly understand the gravity of this statement, we must explore the conventional differences between love and sex. According to author Mary Pipher, a clinical psychologist and a clinical professor at the University of Nebraska, Girls in our culture are caught in the crossfire of our cultures mixed sexual messages. Sex is concidered both a sacred act between two people united by God and the best way to sell sun tan lotion. Through surveying high school students and young adults, Ive gathered that the mass of adolescents believe that sex is an act performed out of need, not love, while the older population believes in an innevitable link between sex and love; a psychological and evolutionary attribute to encourage reproduction.
Developmental psychologist Lisa Diamond, Ph.D. from the University of Utah,