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Love Around Us

The Role of Love in Education, Parenting, and Romantic Relationships

Edited By Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Love is the most important resource of every human being’s life. The authors examine what kind of roles love might have in different phases of life. They discuss how love makes life more meaningful and enjoyable. However, there are still love-related themes that are not so easy to discuss or accept. This book provides research-based analyses about the different roles of love including forms that have aroused contradictory feelings and prejudices, such as falling in love in the old age and love in people with intellectual disability are discussed. The book serves as a textbook for studies in psychology, education, and other fields in human sciences.

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Chapter 1. What is Love and How to Love? (Kaarina Määttä / Satu Uusiautti)

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Kaarina Määttä & Satu Uusiautti

Chapter 1 What is Love and How to Love?

Abstract: In this chapter, we describe how love has been studied earlier. After this review, we will present our own theorization of the construct of love. What kinds of concrete elements does love consist? How does love influence other areas of life?

Introduction

Love has fascinated authors, poets, philosophers, artists, and scientists for ages. Still, the final definition is yet to become, and therefore, every research increasing understanding about love is valuable. In this chapter, we introduce our own contribution to the fundamental questions about love. The chapter leans on our earlier studies that will be referred to accordingly. Our purpose is to understand more deeply the multidimensional nature of love and how love influences people’s lives and is connected with well-being and quality of life.

First, we describe how the mysterious love has been studied earlier, for centuries. There are plenty of theories explaining the perpetual love in various scientific fields. After this historical review, we will present our own theorization of the construct of love. What kinds of concrete elements does love consist? How does love influence other areas of life?

Our ambitious intention to define new dimensions of love was fascinating to us but aroused doubt, too. When trying to make analysis of love more profound, we noticed that we are traveling in the timeless and limitless...

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