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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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The mystery of love never stops interesting researchers, authors, and readers. We ourselves have found this fascinating yet challenging theme worth writing, analyzing, and discussing in various academic and popular arenas, from numerous perspectives. In this book, we wanted to combine two of them: on the one hand, our purpose was to discuss love as the most important foundation and resource of every human being’s life. What kinds of roles does love have in different phases of life? What is the importance of love? It is somewhat easy to show and understand how and why love makes life more meaningful, healthy, and enjoyable. For this reason, our second aspiration was to approach those love-related themes that are not so easy to discuss or accept. In today’s world, as the flood of information increases constantly, even the most peculiar issues have become mundane. Yet, there still are topics about love that should be more openly brought up. We provide research-based viewpoints to the taboos of love.

Love Around Us consists of four main parts. In the first part, love as a phenomenon is introduced by focusing on the learnable nature of it: how people love and how to love? The second part has the emphasis on manifestation of love in various phases of life. The second chapter describes love-based practices as a part of education and as a teacher’s approach to work with children and their parents. Indeed, pedagogical love is a fundamental part of a teacher’s...

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