Archive for the ‘Compassionate Love’ Category

Gain Self-Knowledge by Practicing Mindfulness

Tweet Previously we explained how ignorance of our own personalities can impede our personal growth and relationships. Blind spots to self-knowledge, or what I’m calling ‘self-blindness,’ is so common it seems basic to the human condition. How can we overcome it? First, we can indicate barriers to self-knowledge, and second, practicing mindfulness may help us gain self-knowledge. […]

Q&A: Am I happy in my marriage?

Tweet I’m married – I have been for 28 years. Two years, I met someone who is the love of my life. We have not had a physical affair, but we are very emotionally attached. A year ago, my very first high school crush contacted me after an absence of 35 years and has attempted […]

Q&A: Is True Love Possible?

Tweet Hi Brit and Catherine, I’ve been taking a look at your blog. It seems to me (but the impression may be wrong) that you focus too much on guys’ defects. But well… What I’d like to ask you, from a somehow philosophical point of view, is whether you think that true love (to use […]

Capgras Syndrome: My Husband is an Impostor

Tweet When our ability to love gets messed up, the strangest of conditions can occur. People who suffer from a neurological condition called ‘Capgras syndrome’ see family members and friends as impostors.  They can perceive faces, but they don’t connect that face with a feeling of familiarity or love. One patient Madame M. thought that […]

Love of Others Vs. Love of Self

Tweet In August 2009 Homer T. Roberts Jr. saved the life of a 12-year-old boy Tony Dunbar from drowning in an outgoing current in the channel on the southernmost tip of Tybee Island. When Homer saw the paralyzing fear in the boy’s eyes, he yelled “This little boy isn’t going to drown today” and came […]

A Different Kind of Love

Tweet I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. […]

Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love

Tweet Sternberg’s triangular theory of love is the bread and butter of introductory psychology. The theory is very simple.  There are three components to romantic love in the fullest sense: passion, intimacy and commitment. Passion is physical attraction, intimacy is the result of sharing activities, trust and friendship and commitment is a motivation to interact […]

Compassionate Love

Tweet Photo: People at oxytocin party taking tablets of the love and trust hormone oxytocin. http://blip.tv/file/1624462/. Whereas passionate love is fueled by low levels of “feel good” chemicals like serotonin and high levels of “reward” hormones like dopamine, the calm bonding effects of compassionate love are in part due to increased levels of serotonin, vasopressin […]

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