Love and limerence : the experience of being in love by Dorothy Tennov

By Dorothy Tennov

First published 20 years in the past, Love and Limerence has develop into a vintage within the psychology of emotion. As relevent this present day because it was once then, this booklet bargains perception into love, infatuation, insanity, and all flavors of emotion in among.

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Everybody looked to him whenever they didn't know what to do. 'Lets go see what Phil thinks,' they'd say. I thought that was a marvelous trait. " Typically, I did not meet my informants' LOs. But the importance of "visible features of the loved one" has frequently been discussed in the literature on love. Researchers John Money and Anke Ehrhardt fotmd that sight of the face may alone elicit the reaction but that no aspect of a potential LO is indispensable, This, they note, helps to make human beings flexible so that attractiveness may be differently defined from society to society and from time to time-as well as from person to person.

Actually. Helen's failure to experience the phenomenon of romantic love. even in a mild or partial degree. turned out not to be rare at all. In the months to follow. such individuals began to appear regularly among interviewees. That they had not done so before was the joint result of my having been blinded by my expectations and of the problem of terminology. What I really had discovered was a certain state that some people were in much of the time. others in some of the time, but still others never in.

Hilda and Stu had been seeing each other for several months, during which her limerence had not diminished at all. "Really, it got worse. Stu and I would usually spend the weekend together at his place, and he'd call on Wednesday or Thursday to finalize the plans. My week was spent thinking about what had happened during the previous weekend and trying to plan what 38 LOVE AND LIMERENCE would happen during the next one. I don't mean that all I did was lie around thinking about it, but it was a constant part of my thinking no matter what else was going on.

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