Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Coolidge has no effect on me

I discovered recently a term for the way many of us behave - the Coolidge effect. You can read where the name came from here. In short, animals do not choose their mates randomly. They identify and reject those with whom they have already had sex, and move on.

It is the temporal need for newness, for freshness, for new challenges, to find another partner, not to get stale, old and boring.

We are constantly searching for the scent, the raw, fierce tension. It is a life-long challenge for us to settle down, to stay with one female, one person, one partner, to wake up next to them every day. This affects all of us in some way or another.

So if you are in a relationship, or thinking about heading into one, be smart and be cool, keep things fresh, keep the challenge on, don't let things get too stale and dull. And good luck. And wish me luck.

TRK

17 Comments:

At 4/25/2006 4:43 PM, Blogger ayala said...

be careful?

 
At 4/26/2006 2:23 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

If it has no effect on you, why do we need to wish you luck?

Taharat HaMishpacha handles alot of this anyway,

 
At 4/26/2006 4:35 PM, Blogger dietgarage said...

T Hamishpacha might keep physicality fresh but i think keeping love and the emotional aspect of a relationship fresh takes something more.

and gluck TRK

Dg

 
At 4/27/2006 7:41 AM, Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

While alot of people are certainly like that. I don't think you can generalize. Some people are quite content with one partner...

 
At 4/27/2006 8:42 AM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

Maybe the search for something new, fresh and better has more to do with how we feel about ourselves (lacking?) than anything to do with the other person.
Just a thought.
MH

 
At 4/27/2006 8:58 AM, Blogger Eshet Chayil said...

So are you saying ALL men look for something different? Men aren't animals. Hashem made us differently.

 
At 4/27/2006 9:53 AM, Anonymous DH said...

I'll wish you luck. You seem to require it in spades.

 
At 4/27/2006 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to disappoint you EC, but men ARE animals.

 
At 4/27/2006 11:30 AM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

Im giggling on this one. TRK... you are something else.

Seriously, LOL.

Do you really want luck on this? Really, really?

 
At 4/28/2006 1:40 AM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

jameel makes a good point - if it has no effect on you, then why worry? or is the title wrong?

 
At 4/29/2006 8:07 PM, Anonymous Chanandler Bong said...

Got a girlfriend, have we?

 
At 4/30/2006 5:07 PM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

trk - i tagged you on my blog

 
At 6/20/2006 5:47 AM, Blogger brianna said...

There are ways of keeping things passionate - even for years at a time. But I'm still convinced that marriage is the best way to make things monotonous.

 
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