Noun Challenge: July 16, 2014
Today’s noun: Attraction
I thought this was an interesting topic. I thought, briefly about using pictures of attractive celebrities, But decided to go the educational route. Although posting pictures of celebrities would probably get me a good amount of traffic, I know that one of my most popularly viewed posts is an educational piece on sexual and gender identities (shameless self-promotion? Why not? That post can be found here). So, let’s get on with the types of attraction.
This is the type of attraction that causes one person to desire sexual interaction with another. When you want to perform sexual acts with another person, you are experiencing sexual attraction.
This is the type of attraction that causes one person to desire sensual interaction with another. When you just want to cuddle or hold hands with someone, but have no desire to perform sexual acts with them, you are experiencing sensual attraction.
This is the type of attraction that causes one person to desire romantic interaction with another. When you desire to be with a person as more than just a friend, but do not want to have any physical (sexual or sensual) interaction with them, you are experiencing romantic attraction.
This is the type of attraction that causes one person to desire friendly interaction with another. When you want to become friends with someone (also called a ‘squish’), or are currently and want to continue to be friends with someone, you are experiencing platonic attraction.
This is the type of attraction that causes one person to find another visually pleasing. When you find someone to be handsome, or beautiful, you are experiencing aesthetic attraction.
This is the type of attraction that causes a person to “like” another. It is thought to be temporary (lasting less than four months). When you feel any type of attraction toward another person, but do not act on those feelings, and eventually ‘get over it’, you are experiencing a crush.
So there are the six most widely accepted types of attraction. Many of these are experienced simultaneously. Most often, sexual, sensual, romantic, platonic, and aesthetic attraction are experienced together when a couple enters an exclusive relationship. Though, many couples may not experience all five.
Attraction is a different experience for everyone. Some people experience certain types of attraction more than others. Some people do not experience certain types of attraction at all.
I hope that you learned something from this post. It is important to remember that different people experience different things, and that it is completely normal, and okay.
Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you tomorrow!