ROMANTIC LOVE: FEAST OR FAMINE?

Written about and touted in art, music, and literature over the centuries, romantic love–emotional intimacy and sexual attraction–is the most controversial of all versions of love.

With maternal, paternal, filial love or love of country, most people agree that they are highly positive emotions, but when it comes to romantic love, we are caught in an approach-avoidance conflict. Romantic love feels so good, but prickly thorns hidden in its rose-filled branches can create quite a sting.