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Dating aggression scripting for play

In the present paper, we use script theory, a concept that extends across psychological and cultural science, to assess behavioral options during interpersonal approaches.Specifically, we argue that approaches follow scripted event sequences that entail ambivalence as an essential communicative element.

While communicative ambivalence may facilitate sexual approaches, it also increases the risk for unwanted sexual interactions and sexual abuse.Hardly any subjects enjoy greater – public or private – interest than the art of flirtation and seduction.However, interpersonal approach behavior not only paves the way for sexual interaction and reproduction, but it simultaneously integrates non-sexual psychobiological and cultural standards regarding consensus and social norms.Yet, interdisciplinary research has neglected either its psychobiological or its socio-cultural foundation.In the present paper on the research topic “Intercultural mental health: exceptional cognition and mating success,” we combine these two scientific aspects.Moreover, these experiences, including listening, seeing, and other modalities, allow behavioral and event sequence learning, where esthetic options for empathic identification with others are of utmost importance (von Treskow, 2015).

In addition, daydreaming allows people to repeat and elaborate on imagined events (Lukesch, 2002).

Importantly, similar script structures may exist in both mental representations and cultural scripts, such as narratives, novels, or movies (Fludernik, 2000; Zerweck, 2002).

The cultural script codes socially shared values and knowledge, providing behavioral options.

That is, narratives of all kinds provide the bases and backgrounds for behavioral proficiency, including its meanings and interpretations (Swidler, 1980).

Behavior is “experienced” through media, such as movies or audio books.

Recognizing latent sequences of sexually aggressive behavior, in terms of their rigid structure and behavioral options, may thus enable individuals to use resources efficiently, avoid danger, and extricate themselves from assault situations.