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  Romantic Love
Romantic love is a unique emotional state of intense excitement, great calm, or enhanced well-being in the presence of the other (Liebowitz, 1983).
According to Rand (1969), romantic love is an integrated conscious and unconscious response of mind and body to one's highest values as seen in another person.
Love can be considered not only as an emotion but as an attitude, a process, state, or disposition (Kelley, 1983; Murstein, 1988) with a tendency to take some action in regard to the other (Branden, 1988; Maslow, 1970).
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  Love in Four Acts: What is Romantic Love?
In a strange way, romantic love is the least understood part of the human psyche because we are content in believing that “it just happens”, that it is something so sacred that it clearly resists rational understanding, or that it is an entirely different experience for everyone such that it is impossible to articulate.
She noted that “love” is an emotion that is acted on, while “limerence”; is more of a transformed state that people go into (the difference in the proverbial “I love you, but I’m not in love with you”).
Romantic love and all its implications are deeply rooted in our culture, and perhaps these irrational reactions have evolutionary underpinnings, but that does not mean we have to be imprisoned by them.
www.nickyee.com /ponder/love.html   (2338 words)

 Monitor on Psychology: Love's not sex
In her model, she proposes that sexual desire and romantic love are functionally independent; that romantic love is not intrinsically oriented to same-gender or other-gender partners; and that the links between love and desire are bidirectional.
Based on her model, Diamond thinks it's possible for someone who is heterosexual to fall in love with someone of the same gender, and for someone who is homosexual to fall in love with someone of a different gender.
And since romantic love, she hypothesizes, is an outgrowth of infant/caregiver attachment, there's no way to “code” romantic love for gender.
www.apa.org /monitor/feb07/lovesnot.html   (1427 words)

 Philosophy of Love [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Often statements or arguments concerning love, its nature and role in human life for example, connect to one or all the central theories of philosophy, and is often compared with, or examined in the context of, the philosophies of sex and gender.
Love may be so described as a Platonic Form, belonging to the higher realm of transcendental concepts that mortals can barely conceive of in their purity, catching only glimpses of the Forms' conceptual shadows that logic and reason unveil or disclose.
Romantic love theoretically was not to be consummated, for such love was transcendental motivated by a deep respect for the lady; however, it was to be actively pursued in chivalric deeds rather than contemplated-which is in contrast to Ovid's persistent sensual pursuit of conquests!
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 Buddhists: Romantic Love
Likewise, there is nothing wrong with love and one may indeed experience it for what it is and thus fully enjoy it without the excess baggage that comes from clinging and pushing away, attraction and aversion.
However, I also recognize that my romantic love is of much lesser importance in the broad scheme of things than the other aspects of our relationship, including my commitment to her welfare and the welfare of our children.
Love (romantic or otherwise) is good but it is insufficient.
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Most of the damage in romantic relationships occurs when for various reasons one of the partners conceals hurts and unhappinesses concerning the way he or she is being treated in the relationship.
Since there are different styles of romantic relationship, this problem does not come up when the parties' desires are in harmony on this score, as in a traditional marriage, where both agree the terms call for the man to work and the woman to take care of the home and the children.
Since a romantic relationship is the highest possible form of relationship, with the well being and happiness of each vital to the other, sharing is a natural consequence.
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 Romantic love quickly dies | The Register
Romantic love normally lasts only a year, according to Italian boffins, whose findings would have Casanova spinning in his grave.
Looking for deeper feelings beyond the first flush of love was outside the scope of the research.
But it seems from this study biochemical mechanisms could be involved in the mood changes that occur from the early stage of love to when the relationship becomes more established," he said.
www.theregister.co.uk /2005/11/28/romantic_love_fades_study   (530 words)

 romantic love: Blogs, Photos, Videos and more on Technorati
A romantic mystery novella.A married woman falls in love with the man of her dreams, and tries to find him.
Loving You Quotes Love Is Something, You Can't explain; It's when someone, Comes into your life And changes your heart forever." -- You know you love someone When you want them to be happy, Even if their happiness means That you're not part of it." Although there are miles, Between
It must be love, that has sufficient efforts, passions, and wisdoms to present you, me, space, time, and give a way for all to understand itself.
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 A Huge Collection of Famous Celebrity Romantic Love Letters
If you are considering writing a love letter to your sweetheart, you might want to take a look at some of the most famous love letters of all times from celebrities of their time.
The most important thing to know about love letters is that the best love letters come from the heart.
You might not be able to write a poetic love letter like these, but let them inspire you to write a love letter that will also be cherished forever.
www.theromantic.com /LoveLetters/main.htm   (179 words)

 CNN.com - Love is the drug - Feb 14, 2006
For the study, Fisher developed a questionnaire about passionate love, including such questions as "Would you die for your partner?" She said she was shocked by the answers to that query: All of the subjects said they would.
Romantic love, it turns out, is a reward, the researchers say.
"We certainly think of romantic love as something that's magical, and the magic is here and here," Brown said, pointing to the part of the brain that lit up during the experiment, the brain stem region known as the ventral tegmental area.
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 Be Romantic ideas | romantic love letters collection   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Remember love letters can be written to someone you have only recently met or someone you have been married to for the last forty years or more.
Although many of the love letters are written by literary men and women you will also find letters from royalty, from army officers best know for the military genius rather than lovers, from husbands to the wives, from wives to husbands, from men to their mistresses.
Some of the romantic love letters were from people who had only just parted just hours earlier others are from from people who have apart for years.
www.beromantic.com /love_letters/index.htm   (548 words)

 Amazon.com: Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love: Books: Helen Fisher   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Romantic love, she contests, drove ancestral women and men to come together long enough to conceive, whereas attachment, another complex of feelings with a different chemical basis, kept them together long enough to support a child until weaning (about four years).
And since romantic love is such a strong emotion, as are these others, one might be led to believe that it might, as a neuronal process, have a long lifetime.
Noting this research, she nevertheless asserts that the actual lifetime of romantic love is highly variable, depending greatly on the individuals that are involved.
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 Amazon.ca: We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love: Books: Robert A. Johnson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
What he tragically fails to see is that his loving, caring, loyal, flesh and blood wife is a full and complete person in her own right, and it is not her job to fulfill his inner longings - he is the only one who can do that.
The author's analysis of romantic love and the distinction he makes between passion and true love (which is more low key and may even come across as boring sometimes) spoke loud and clear.
But if you are willing to subscribe to the author's thesis that love and love relationships can be improved by understanding their core motivations as reflected in myth and allegory, you will absolutely love this book as I did and possibly this book will change the way you look at love and life.
www.amazon.ca /We-Understanding-Psychology-Romantic-Love/dp/0062504363   (1850 words)

 Romantic Love Quotes and Quotations
Romantic love reaches out in little ways, showing attention and admiration.
Romantic love remembers what pleases a woman, what excites her, and what surprises her.
There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.
www.romantic-tips.com /lovequotes.shtml   (249 words)

 romantic love
On the other hand, if their romantic love is combined with companionate love, the companionate love will counteract these romantic impulses.
In the long run, the person who is not loved in a nurturing way, who gets no appreciation when they need and deserve it, will become firmly fed up with their strictly romantic lover.
As you may recall, companionate love is found only among couples who have known each other for a long time, long enough for each to know all the other's little peculiarities.
www.relationshipsandlove.com /romantic_and_companionate_love.htm   (1341 words)

 Romantic Love tips through honesty, intimacy and value creation
Love is that value reflective, ' good will ' feeling, emotional energy that is both the generative cause and the rewarding effect of a life well lived through Neo-Tech oriented value creation.
Carly was still caught up in her love triangle, Liz and Lucky reaffirmed their vows, with a little help from Jason, and Robin questioned the stability of her and Patrick's relationship, all last week on General Hospital Still torn between Jax and Sonny, Carly continued to drive Jason crazy with her incisive whining.
Christina Aguilera's husband keeps their love alive when they are apart with extravagant romantic gestures.
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 LiveScience.com - Love More Powerful than Sex, Study Claims
"To our surprise, the activation regions associated with intense romantic love were mostly on the right side of the brain, while the activation regions associated with facial attractiveness were mostly on the left," said Lucy Brown of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
The processing of romantic feelings involves a "constellation of neural systems." The researchers -- neuroscientists, anthropologists and social psychologists -- declare love the clear winner versus sex in terms of its power over the human mind.
"Romantic love is one of the most powerful of all human experiences," said study member Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers University.
www.livescience.com /humanbiology/050531_love_sex.html   (716 words)

 »» Romantic Love Messages, LoveMessages
Love is the history of a woman's life; it is an episode in man's.
Love is never spending another lonely day, and never worrying who will be there for you, when you are old and gray.
Love is like sand.....you hold on to it to tight and it will just slip away.
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 Love Really Is “All In Your Head,” Though Intense Romantic Love Looks More Like The Brass Ring Than A Bouquet Of Roses
Aron reported that, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and other measurements, he and his colleagues found support for their two major predictions: (1) early stage, intense romantic love is associated with subcortical reward regions rich with dopamine; and (2) romantic love engages brain systems associated with motivation to acquire a reward.
Another important discovery, Brown said, was that “to our surprise, the activation regions associated with intense romantic love were mostly on the right side of the brain, while the activation regions associated with facial attractiveness were mostly on the left.
Other scientists,” she said, “have reported that expressions of attraction in a female prairie vole are associated with a 50% increase in dopamine activity in a brain region related to regions where we found activity.
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 romantic signs
Women love getting attention, but if the only time you escort her outside is to run errands, you'll be the one getting kicked to the curb.
Romantic walks are an ideal way to spend some time together.
When she hears the words "romantic dinner," she'll assume that you're going to be slaving away to make something special.
www.slinky.com.au /articles/romantic-signs.htm   (755 words)

 Love Poems And Quotes - Romantic Love Poetry & More
If you are looking for love poems or love quotes, you have come to the right place.
We have an impressive collection of love poetry, as well as some famous quotes, friendship poems, inspirational quotes, and even a poetry contest.
Many of the love quotes and love poems on this site deal with weddings, so if you are looking for the perfect wedding poem, you're in luck.
www.lovepoemsandquotes.com   (229 words)

 Healthy Romantic Relationships - part 6, Romantic Love as a Concept
Love as we have been programmed to understand the concept, is one of the great victimizers in our culture - and one of the biggest excuses for unhealthy behavior.
By changing our concept of romantic love, we can also make it a great adventure to be explored rather than some test we can fail.
Romantic relationships can be a great adventure if our perspective and expectations of them are realistic and healthy.
www.joy2meu.com /Healthy_Relationships6.htm   (1801 words)

Romantic love is often one-sided; it loves from afar.
Romantic love is an altered state of consciousness.
Romantic love is the most important thing in life.
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 Free Love Ecards, Love Greeting Cards, Love Cards From 123Greetings.com
Roses for your sweetheart/ spouse/ beloved/ loved one to let him/ her know what a special place he/ she holds in your heart.
Let your sweetheart/ loved one know how deep your love is for him/ her with these heartfelt wishes.
Express your love to your sweetheart/ spouse/ beloved/ loved one with these warm and cute ecards.
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 Romantic Love tips through honesty, intimacy and value creation
Love is that value reflective, ' good will ' feeling, emotional energy that is both the generative cause and the rewarding effect of a life well lived through Neo-Tech oriented value creation.
Now that Valentine's Day has passed, it is important to talk frankly about real love.
As romantic men and women, we value fidelity from our spouses and significant-others; we believe that if our boyfriends or girlfriends truly love us, they will remain faithful to us.
www.supercivilisation.net /romanticlove   (507 words)

 Romantic Love   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Romantic Love as a mystical and learning experience, based on the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi.
It describes romantic love as a tension between the drawing power of the "love potion" and the separating force of the "naked sword." Jung's experience plays a role, and there is some criticism of his theories.
The Oneness of love, loss and separation, the demon lover, woundedness of heart, seduction and fidelity, love play, quarrelling, and the guiding spirit experienced as a Third presence between the lovers.
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 Romantic love, the serotonin transporter and OCD
The similarities between an overvalued idea, such as that typical of subjects in the early phase of a love relationship, and obsession, prompted us to explore the possibility that the two conditions might share alterations at the level of the 5-HT transporter.
METHODS: Twenty subjects who had recently (within the previous 6 months) fallen in love, 20 unmedicated OCD patients and 20 normal controls, were included in the study.
DISCUSSION: The main finding of the present study is that subjects who were in the early romantic phase of a love relationship were not different from OCD patients in terms of the density of the platelet 5-HT transporter, which proved to be significantly lower than in the normal controls.
www.biopsychiatry.com /lovesero.htm   (256 words)

 Beautiful Romantic Love Quotes and Sayings
Romantic Lyrics By Song Title By Artist Privacy A Z Lyrics
I love you - those three words have my life in them.
Is to love and be loved in return.
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 AdviceDiva.com | Romantic Love Letter   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If you are considering giving a romantic love letter to someone, just do it.
If you are truly having difficulty writing a romantic love letter, then you can take advantage of romantic letter writing programs such as Perfect Love Letters.
I thought it was truly one of the most romantic letters I had ever received because I know it came from him, from his heart, from his mind and from the sense of what he loves.
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