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This book provides a comprehensive analysis of love in human life: romantic love, divorce, and the skewed versions of love, love in education, work, and various phases of life, and in relation to other phenomena, such as friendship, play, and creativity.
What do we actually talk about when we talk about love? Research on love and emotions has been met with suspicion although people live in a network of relationships from birth to death, and the ability to build and maintain relationships is an important strength. This book provides a comprehensive research-based analysis of love in human life: romantic love and its ups and downs, and the fascination of love, the combination of work and family, the secrets of a long-lasting marriage, senior love, and the throes and relief of a divorce. Love is also discussed in relation to other phenomena, such as friendship, play, and creativity. In addition, themes of parental love and pedagogical love, and the ability to love, as well as dark sides of love are introduced.
Love is worth cherishing and practicing. Other people’s experiences may be helpful, and information about the nature of love can relieve the pain. Thus, love, in its various forms, makes the best health insurance!
This book is meant for everyone interested in love but also for professionals in various fields, such as psychologists, educators, and couple and family counselors. The book is based on authors Prof. Kaarina Määttä’s and Dr. Satu Uusiautti’s extensive research on love at the University of Lapland, Finland.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »divorce - love - marriage - partner selection - psychology of love
Publication Details of the Original Articles; Foreword; Chapter 1: Love along the Course of Life; The Sweet Poison of Love in Adolescence and Early Adulthood; Who is the One? The Difficulty in Selecting the Partner; Silence Is Not Golden: Review of Studies of Couple Interaction; Seven Rules on Having Marriage along with Work; Love Does Not Retire—Not Even after a Half Century of Marriage; Chapter 2: Love and Education; Parental Love—Irreplaceable for Children’s Well-being; Pedagogical Love and Good Teacherhood; The Ability to Love – A Virtue-based Approach; Chapter 3: Love in Relation to Other Phenomena; Mission Impossible? A Scientific Comparison between the Overlapping and Diverging Phenomena of Friendship and Love; Love and Creativity—Paradoxal but Important Human Virtues; Love for Work as the Way toward Well-being; Chapter 4: Skewed and Crumbled Love; When Love Drives You off the Trails: Narratives of Morbid Love; An Intimate Relationship in the Shadow of Narcissism; The Anatomy of a Divorce: Reasons, Consequences, and Survival, and the Possibility of Starting a New Relationship; References; Authors.