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  1. I'm here with Dr Markie Blumer, who used to be my professor for Human Sexuality
  2. when I was in my undergraduate. And, I was also her teaching assistant for a
  3. semester. Can you tell us a little bit about your background? I am a licenced
  4. marriage and family therapist, I am also a licenced mental health counselor.
  5. I'm, I'm an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and
  6. Family Therapy. I began teaching about human sexuality in 1998 as an assistant
  7. at the Northern Arizona University. Starting in the fall 2013, I will be an
  8. associate professor at the University of Wisconsin at the stout location. And
  9. that'll be in the human development family studies program and marriage and
  10. family therapy program. For the last four years, I've been an assistant
  11. professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. And my PhD is in human
  12. development and family studies with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy
  13. from Iowa State University.
  14. >> So what are the stages of the human sexual response? Yeah, great question,
  15. actually that depends on who stages we're talking about. So Helen Singer Kaplan
  16. came up with a three phase cycle of the human sexual response. Which included
  17. the desire phase, an arousal phase and then ended with an orgasm phase. Masters
  18. and Johnsons came up with a four stage model. So a little bit different than
  19. Kaplan's model. And their four stage model included an excitement phase, a
  20. plateau phase, an orgasm phase and a resolution phase. So really the biggest
  21. difference was the resolution phase. In other words, they though that there
  22. were something that happened after people reach a plateau or a peek of
  23. excitement through orgasm. And that was kind of this refractory period that
  24. people go through. Where their bodies go back to more of a normative state
  25. before arousal occurred. Both of these models are great from a western point of
  26. view. there's, there's nothing wrong with these models. They, they match human
  27. physiology in a pretty normative way. What's problematic about them however is
  28. not everybody Is situated to understand sexuality and sexual response cycles
  29. from a western point of view. In eastern cultures, there are kind of different
  30. ways of conceptualizing sexuality which would be through more like tantric
  31. practices. Which doesn't really have this rigid here are the phases of sexual
  32. response cycle that you must complete in order for it to be successful. So,
  33. really those practices are more like, you might be aroused and then you might
  34. kind of take a break and then you might become aroused again. and then you
  35. might engage in sexual activity with each other. But rather than having an
  36. orgasm, be say the goal for one person, it might just be a goal for one of the
  37. other people involved. One person might just might take their time and the
  38. other person might be orgasming multiple times. And maybe one partner never
  39. orgasms and, and that would be considered a great sexual encounter. So really
  40. it just depends on where you are on the globe. Like I said here in Western
  41. Culture we have kind of these two ways of thinking about sex.