Long-lasting romance depends on positive illusions and bringing novelty and renewal to our intimate relationships. Although in many parts of the world couples are still united through arranged marriages, more and more modern communications are changing the ways people relate, for example learning about other culture to value freedom or the individual right to choose one’s spouse.
Since the vast majority of romantic relationships exist between heterosexual partners we describe the journey from attraction to romantic relationship from this perspective.
There is little research so there is no way to know, however, there is no convincing reason to assume that this journey is completely different for homosexuals. And how can we build these feelings into lasting relationships?
We shall see that liking and love are universal behaviors, although cultures affect how they are expressed.
In this chapter we shall discuss the research from initial attachments to long lasting relationships. Does evolutionary thinking contribute to our understanding of the universality of attachment?
This idea from the Bible brings to mind the passion of deep commitment and the willingness to sacrifice, even in the ultimate sense.
This willingness to sacrifice is one manifestation of love, but as we all know there is much more to relationships and love.
After what seemed hours, the two little boys were still rolling down the surrounding hills as the sun was going down. In fact, they never again exchanged blows but became the best of friends.
Today it is more than 50 years later, and their friendship has endured time and distance.
Our very humanity is defined by our relationships (Bersheid & Regan, 2005). Attachment: The start to relationships This chapter is about the development of attachment, intimate relationships between adults, and the road leading toward love relationships.
No greater love has a person than giving his life for another.
Academia Debate | Affordable Housing Forum | African Studies Centre Leiden | Asia Global | Bonger Instituut | DCE East Indies | DCE West Indies | Europe Generations | IIDE | ISSA | Studio Meritis Ma KOM | Orbis | Recht te Utrecht | Recht te Voet | Rozenberg Publishers | Voices | Zorg Lab Many years ago two boys were walking home from school.