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Lessons in Love

Cat Williams, 14th February 2014

It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air! Whether you are spending the day mooning over your loved one, celebrating your freedom with your friends, or trying to pretend such a total non-event does not even register on your calendar, it’s pretty hard to avoid. Have pity for the giver of the heartlessly abandoned gift balloon (currently to be seen floating around west London – I kid you not).

In celebration of this joyous occasion we decided to take a look to see which research on the tricky topic of love has been receiving attention online. As it turns out, there’s a lot of it. And people seem to like to talk about it. From dating, early stage relationships, happy coupledom and marriage to complex situations of infidelity and office relationships, defining aspects of love is a challenge that many have accepted. So welcome, to the Altmetric Guide to Love, as we offer a step by step walkthrough of the most complicated of human relationships (unmoderated, and most certainly untested).

The First Steps: Finding a Partner
Ask almost anyone what’s important to them in the life, and the majority will include finding a companion to be happy with somewhere in the list. Finding that person, however, can be somewhat difficult. These papers examine the process of choosing a suitable match, and the (often crazy, addictive) early stage dynamics of ‘falling in love’:

Settling down, or just settling?
So now you’re past the initial giddy stages of a new relationship. It’s about time to find out how you really work as a couple. For some, this will present some scary truths. Others will settle comfortably into the security of a long term relationship in which to build a future together:

Tough times – the path of true love never runs smooth
We all have our ups and downs in life, and our relationships are no exception to this. These papers address the difficulties involved in emotional attachment:

Last but not least, love in the office
A large proportion of our waking hours are spent in the workplace each week. And, some would argue, it is the ideal place to find a partner. So how does this come about, and what effects does it have on those around us? These papers investigate:

So wherever you are in your very own romantic odyssey, good luck. And Happy Valentine’s Day! If all else fails, Bridget Jones is probably on TV later.

 

2 Responses to “Lessons in Love”

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February 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

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February 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

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