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Preoccupies the lover with thoughts of the other o Is what you feel when you not only love someone But also are in love with him or her o A theory of passionate love A given state of arousal can be steered into any of several emotions Depending on how we attribute the arousal (Hatfield) An emotion involves both body and mind Both arousal and the way we interpret and label that arousal Our emotion is quite similar to another Passionate love is the psychological experience of being biologically aroused by someone we find attractive Two-factor theory of emotion (Schachter & Singer, 1962) Arousal X its label = emotion When the revved-up men responded to a woman easily misattributed some of their own arousal to her Being aroused by any source should intensify passionate feelings Provided that the mind is free to attribute some of the arousal to a romantic stimulus Physical arousal accentuated romantic responses Dutton and Aron (1974) Had an attractive young woman approach individual young men as they crossed a narrow, wobbly, 450- foot-long suspension walkway The woman asked each man to help her fill out a class questionnaire When he had finished, she scribbled her name and phone number and invited him to call if he wanted to hear more about the project Most accepted the phone number half who did so called
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Men approached by the woman on a low, solid bridge rarely called Passionate love engages dopamine-rich brain areas associated with reward (Aron & others, 2005) o Romantic love reduces attention to attractive others (Maner, Rouby & Goznaga, 2008) Participants write about a time when they experienced strong feelings of love for their current partner (Romantic love condition) vs. a time when they felt extremely happy (Control condition) Participants were presented with attractive and unattractive faces DV: how quickly participants could shift their attention away from these photos o Variations in love: Culture and gender There is always a temptation to assume that most others share our feeling and ideas Men tend to fall in love more readily (Dion & Dion, 1985; Peplau & Gordon, 1985) Seem to fall out of love more slowly Less likely than women to break up a premarital romance More likely than women to think about the playful and physical aspects of the relationship (Hendrick & Hendrick, 1995) Once in love Women are typically as emotionally involved as their partners or more so More likely to report feeling euphoric and giddy and carefree as if they were floating on a cloud More likely than men to focus on the intimacy of the friendship and on their concern for their partner - Companionate love o Affection we feel for those with whom our lives are deeply intertwined (Hatfield) o Feelings of mutual respect and trust o Less emotionally volatile o About 4 years after marriage The divorce rate peaks in cultures worldwide (Fisher, 1994) o If a close relationship is to endure
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