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Exam 3 Review TEXT Romeo and Juliet Story Romeo and Juliet sparked many directors and writers to make their own romance stories. The saga taps into a number of beliefs many of us share about the nature of romantic love – that it strikes quickly, that communication between lovers flows easily and naturally, that love is dramatic, bigger than life, and at the same time, tragic and painful. The most important belief conveyed by the story is that love must be intensely passionate to qualify as “real.” Real life romance is much grittier and ultimately more satisfying than stylized, theatrical portrayals. Romantic love is the most universal yet intimately personal of human experiences. To successfully build and maintain a romantic relationship requires an understanding of love and a practiced grasp of the communication tactics needed to maintain and protect it. Liking and Loving Most scholars agree that liking and loving are separate emotional states with different causes and outcomes. Liking is a feeling of affection and respect that we typically have for our friends. Affection is a sense of warmth and fondness toward another person. Respect is admiration for another person apart from how he/she treats you and communicates with you. Loving is a vastly deeper and more intense emotional commitment and consists of three components:
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o Intimacy is a feeling of closeness and “union” between you and your partner. o Caring is the concern you have for your partner’s welfare and the desire to keep him/her happy. o Attachment is a longing to be in your partner’s presence as much as possible. Four types of relationships o No liking/No loving o Liking/No Loving o No Liking/Loving o Liking/Loving Passionate Love and Companionate Love Many people believe that only on “true” type of romantic love exists, passionate love. Passionate love is a state of intense emotional and physical longing for union for another. Studies suggest five important facts regarding passionate love’s experience and expression. o Passionate love is driven by idealization of partners. o No gender or age differences exist in people’s experience of passionate love. o People from all cultures feel passionate love. o For adults, passionate love is integrally linked with sexuality and sexual desire. o Passionate love is negatively related to relationship duration. Companionate love is an intense form of liking defined by emotional investment and deeply intertwined lives. Equity Once you’ve experienced the initial spark, the balance of benefits and costs exchanged by you and the other person, known as equity, determines whether your attraction will
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continue and whether a relationship will take root. Ex: Romantic partners are happiest when the balance of giving
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course COM 225 taught by Professor Morrison during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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