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Mutual Love and Attachment: A cross-sectional dyadic study exploring asymmetrical love
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Ömsesidig kärlek och anknytning : En dyadisk tvärsnittsstudie om asymmetrisk kärlek (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The overarching question of the study was how common mutual love is, and to what extent attachment relates to relationship asymmetries. Four research questions and four hypotheses were posed and explored using a cross-sectional survey design with data analyzed using quantitative methods. Instruments were employed to measure passionate love, companionate love, partner value, emotional involvement and attachment. All four hypotheses found partial support. The main result show that a) asymmetries are relatively common on all scales b) mutual love means increased satisfaction, but mainly for women c) for most couples partners take turn at being the strong link, and this fluctuating dynamic leads to increased satisfaction c) attachment anxiety is related to asymmetries in romantic obsession rather than general passion d) avoidance in men relate to asymmetries in passionate love whereas avoidance in women relate to asymmetries in companionate love e) it seems common to have some form of positive illusions about whether one’s relationship is mutual or not. Finally, disagreeing about emotional involvement affects satisfaction more than actual asymmetries in love. The conclusion drawn is that honest communication is more important than mutual love.

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2019. , p. 60
Keywords [en]
Mutual Love, Companionate Love, Passionate Love, Romantic Obsession, Partner Value, Emotional Involvement, Interdependence Theory, Interdependence Theory Index, Assymetrical Relationships, Assymetries, Discrepancies, Attachment, Attachment Anxiety, Attachment Avoidance, Experiences in Close Relationships
Keywords [sv]
Ömsesidig kärlek, Asymmetri, Asymmetriska förhållanden, Passionate Love, Companionate Love, Romantic Obsession, Anknytning, Diskrepanser, Partnervärde, Interdependence Theory, Interdependence Theory Index, Ängslig anknytning, Undvikande anknytning, Experiences in Close Relationships, Emotionellt engagemang
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-85619OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-85619DiVA, id: diva2:1327451
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Psychology
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Psychologist Programme, 300 credits
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