Hello cutie pie. How are you cutie pies doing today? I had a great day in sexuality class, and a very exhilirating discussion with my fellow students. And there were several topics that intrigued me. And I hope that maybe you guys might elucidate certain theories with your own experiences.
Well, I was researching the two factor theory of emotion in social psychology. I had discussed it with my teacher, and basically the paradigm denotes the fact that emotion is always a two-staged process. 1) There is a state of physiological arousal where there are changes physically within you (heartrate keeps beating, get flushed, agitation). 2) And the next stage happens where you cognitively label that feeling with a certain emotion you believe brings the senses out. After labeling our emotions do we feel them in its full depth.
For example, if you see someone approaching you that you don't know in a parking lot, you might feel your breath becoming more erratic and start shaking. Depending upon what feedback mechanisms you experienced or were socialized into (don't trust strangers), you assign the emotion to that feeling, and then the emotion is brought about.
But the point of this boring topic (I will blow you afterwards for a reward :P) is that we might misattribute an arousal state for various emotions easily.
For instance, Dutton and Aron conducted an experiment where a lady would ask male volunteers to answer experimental questions. She would hand out her number and inform them to call back in two weeks. One group was asked on a rickety bridge over a drop, and one was on land. The men on the bridge of course were shaken, nervous, and agitated. And they were the group that continued to call the woman back. They attributed that fear to being attracted to her.
And in a Discovery ID Show (though I can't remember her) a group of women were shown photographs of men and asked to rate them in attractiveness from 1 to 10, each showing certain preferences. Weeks later, they were asked to rate them again, except this time they were asked after bungee jumping off a bridge. Their selectivity was reduced.
So, the point of all this drabble? . Have you had experiences (or known somebody to) where you might have done this phenomenon and created an attraction unconsciously? Did doing something or being in a certain situation allow you to be attracted to someone or something that you normally wouldn't have been?