Our sexual responses
seem mysterious even to ourselves.
We may feel that our 'sex-drives' possess us rather than we possessing them.
This presentation and discussion will outline a new hypothesis
which may be one step toward a comprehensive theory of human sexuality.
Older theories have tried to explain our sexual responses
either in terms of our biological heritage—animal sexuality—
or in terms of social learning—the way we develop most behaviors.
But the sex-script
presents a third possible explanation:
Our internal sexual responses may have been imprinted into us at an early age.
During certain critical periods in our psycho-sexual development,
particular images, stories, and sexual responses—our "sex-scripts"—
were imprinted in our brains more or less at random.
And these sexual fantasies remain with us for the rest of our lives.
A basic analogy that may
help us understand sexual imprinting
is the phenomenon of acquiring a native language.
When we were infants, we quickly and permanently acquired our first language.
It seems that the 'language-file' is open for such imprinting
only during the first few months of life.
We do not know just when
the human "sex-file" is opened for imprinting,
but we may be able to identify specific events
which had a remarkably permanent impact on our sexual responses.
Much more research is needed to explore the possible connection between
adult sexual responses and sexually-imprinting events in childhood.
I. INTRODUCING THE SEX-SCRIPT HYPOTHESIS
II. THE EVOLUTIONARY BACKGROUND OF HUMAN SEX-SCRIPTS
III. SEXUAL IMPRINTING AT CRITICAL PERIODS IN PSYCHO-SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
IV. THREE LEVELS OF SEX-SCRIPTS
V. VARIETIES OF SEX-SCRIPTS
VI. IDENTIFYING OUR OWN SEX-SCRIPTS
VII. HOMOSEXUAL SEX-SCRIPTS
VIII. THE IMPACT OF SEX-SCRIPTS ON OUR RELATIONSHIPS
IX. TRANSCENDING OUR SEX-SCRIPTS
X. FUTURE RESEARCH INTO HUMAN SEX-SCRIPTS
XI. SEX-SCRIPTS IN THE 21st CENTURY
If you would like to
a very brief (3-page) summary of these ideas,
click here: Sources of Sexual Fantasies.
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