The Sims 2… a not-so-secret obsession

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At the, rather late, age of 13 my 10 year love-affair with Barbie finally died. However, it was soon replaced by an all new, stronger obsession… the Sims; one huge interactive Barbie doll game. Except in this one I could control everything, it looked more realistic, and I felt slightly more mature 😛

Now my Barbie’s could get pregnant, have babies, grow old, climb the career ladder, build houses, and they looked so much more life like. It was not a rare occurrence for me to realise I’d been playing for five hours, even until the early hours of the morning. I downloaded endless material for my new Sims to wear, and have around the house; I labored for hours building villages, towns, restaurants. One of the families I created went through five generations, and I’m only slightly ashamed to say I cried when my first Sim died.

Then a few months ago, disaster struck. I came home, went to the computer and everything was gone; all my families, all my towns, all my hours of hard work, gone. My mum had been trying to find an item on the desktop, it wasn’t there, so she restarted the entire computer. After crying for a few hours and spending several days mourning their loss, I got over it. I decided I was never going to play the Sims again. Losing all that ‘work’ in one small action made me realise how pointless the whole thing had been.

However, with the arrival of my yummy new MacBook I have started day dreaming about it; imagining all the amazing things I could make. Now there are several new expansion packs, the whole thing could be even better! I know soon I will take the plunge back into that virtual world 😛 I’ve just got to hold off my addiction until after exams… I’m already so excited haha 😀

Why don't we fancy our family?

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According to Freud we do; we just keep it on the down low, in our unconcious mind. He believed that all children go through the oedipus complex, experiencing strong sexual desires for their opposite sex parent. However, they are kept repressed due to the strains and controls of society.

However, recently in AEA Psychology we’ve been learning all about the ins and outs of Evolutionary Pyschology, which offers a very different perspective on the matter of incest.

If it is only society which holds us back from fancying our family why do fifty percent of reunited biological family members experience a strong sexual attraction? I thought that figure was rather shocking, it’s a phenomena so common it’s been given the name ‘Genetic Sexual Attraction’. It occurs because the genetic similarities between the family members make them incredibly similar and almost irresistable. So why is it that these same genetic similarities don’t make us fancy our brothers and sisters, or even our parents?

Westermarck, believes there is a mechanism in the brain which has developed to stop us having sex with our family, we wouldn’t have evolved very far otherwise. So how does it work? Well he thought that this part of the brain develops Kin Recognition by whether or not you are living together, and being raised by the same people; making the thought of mating with them repulsive. Evidence for this has been provided by the Kibbutz community in Israel. The children raised together in the community, upon reaching puberty, rarely choose sexual partners who they were raised with. Further support to the theory is given by some arranged marriages in China. The baby daughter is given to the family which she is to marry into so the mother-in-law can raise her. It was found that in these cases the marriages turned out to be less happy, more likely to end in divorce, and produced less children.

As ever though the theory can’t fully explain everything… but I guess there are exceptions to every rule.

 

Exam Results

I got the results for my January exams today. They were quite surprising :S

For my History retake I managed to boost myself up 23 marks to a very secure A. Then, well, not so good. I completely misunderstood my next History unit question and ended up with a U, not even enough marks to make it to an F. Luckily though the exam system nowadays means I have the option to retake it in the summer, hopefully I’ll read the question better next time 😛

 Although I am pretty chuffed with my psychology exam, after 40 hours of revision I managed to get… 100%! It means I know have 388/400 in total for all my psychology exams so far 😀 Another 200 marks worth of exams to go in the summer.

 Roll on May! I’ve got about 12 exams to go :S

Sussex here I come!

Today I took the day of college and headed down to Sussex University; the day confirmed all my previous suspicions… Sussex really is the place to be :D. It’s a campus University the location is absolutely gorgeous, it’s surrounded by the green downs and is officially the sunniest campus in the UK; the sun makes me a very happy chappy :P. We had a few talks from the staff, and a very charismatic member of the student union, then a tour around the place. The accommodation looks nice enough, although I do find the concept of sharing toilets and showers a little bit scary :S. Then after some excellent talks by the department that really buzzed me up, we went into Brighton. It is the only city I’ve ever seen that comes close to my beloved Cambridge (which I always said I’d never leave :P) and it’s just 10 minutes by train, 20 by bus. I’m so excited I want to get out there now! No offense to Mum and Dad I have loved my time at home 😀

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