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Scientists have identified 9 types of love

June 9 2005

British psychologists have decided to analyze the nature of relations between men and women.

On the study drew 34 women and 16 men, who were asked to confirm or deny the allegations in 1960 relating to gender relations. As a result, psychologists have made a new typology of love, which includes 9 species, writes The Guardian (translation site

"I wanted to find a way to extract someone else's human experience, without resorting to direct questions" - explains Simon Watts of Nottingham Trent University, one of the scientists who conducted the research. He was assisted by Paul Shtenner from University College London. "In very rare cases, responding to a direct question, the man even if he strongly wants to, can tell you all, clothe their experience into words," - explains the researcher. - "Our task we have seen," mapping "of the state under the name of love. In other words, know what the weather in this country today."

The study is published in the journal British Journal of Social Psychology. The report contained 23 pages.

As it happens:

1. "Grown-up love." Includes mutual trust, recognition and support.

2. "Cupid's Arrow." Describes the pair covered a blind passion (such as Antony and Cleopatra).

3. Hedonistic love. When the person above - get fleeting pleasure, the theme of many films in Hollywood.

4. Love is like the unity of people. Characterizes the relationship, which are based on romantic feelings.

5. Demythologize love (love without illusions). When partners believe that to maintain the relationship to work on yourself, patience and compromise.

6. Love as an emotional adventure. Leads to psychological restructuring of the individual. An example is the experience of Bridget Jones.

Transitional types

7. From "Cupid's arrow" to the role of relationships that occur under the pressure of social norms - the experience of a pair of well-known British film David Lean's "Brief Encounters" (Brief Encounter).

8. From "Cupid's arrow" to a close friendship.

9. "Communicating vessels" - love, in which two people become one (one can finish the sentence of another).

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