Many Faces Of Love

A new book-length study of love by two of our network members:

What do we actually talk about when we talk about love? Research on love and emotions has been met with suspicion although people live in a network of relationships from birth to death, and the ability to build and maintain relationships is an important strength. This book provides a comprehensive research-based analysis of love in human life: romantic love and its ups and downs, and the fascination of love, the combination of work and family, the secrets of a long-lasting marriage, senior love, and the throes and relief of a divorce. Love is also discussed in relation to other phenomena, such as friendship, play, and creativity. In addition, themes of parental love and pedagogical love, and the ability to love, as well as dark sides of love are introduced.

Love is worth cherishing and practicing. Other people’s experiences may be helpful, and information about the nature of love can relieve the pain. Thus, love, in its various forms, makes the best health insurance!

This book is meant for everyone interested in love but also for professionals in various fields, such as psychologists, educators, and couple and family counselors. The book is based on authors Prof. Kaarina Määttä’s and Dr. Satu Uusiautti’s extensive research on love at the University of Lapland, Finland.
Paperback US$39.00/€35.00 ISBN 978-94-6209-204-4
Hardback US$99.00/€90.00 ISBN 978-94-6209-205-1


Infidelity as crisis or new beginning

This is a an exciting collaborative research project facilitated by the Love Research Network:

Working title: Crises or new beginnings? Adultery and (involuntary) triangular relationships in contemporary literature and films

 Joachim Harst (Bonn, Germany) & Sandra Vlasta (Vienna, Austria)

Infidelity commonly is regarded as a moment of crisis in a relationship. It might even lead to the end of a relationship, legally it can be a reason for divorce, the end of matrimony. Contrary to this view, we would like to understand adultery rather as a form of relationship, not as its end. The bond of matrimony and its modern day equivalent of long-term relationships intrinsically include moments of rupture and betrayal.

This can be readily exemplified by a number of recent books and films which deal with adultery and/or triangular relationships. Starting with the fundamental question whether these constellations are rather depicted as crises or as new beginnings, we will proceed with analyses on different levels: on the level of contents/plot and on the level of structure and medium. Finally, we will also look at the relation between fictionality and infidelity/adultery.

University of Lapland: Love-based Leadership research

University of Lapland: Love-based Leadership research

The partners of the consortium represent different scientific and artistic backgrounds including design research – industrial design in particular – and educational psychology, adult education, psychology, and administrative science. The common goal of this research is to enhance employees’ happiness at work by supporting their individual strengths and creating productive work communities ready for change – thus, the starting point and emphasis is on an individual. The basis of the research is mutual understanding about the central role of love in reaching for this goal. 

The partners of the consortium share a passion to understand how love lies at the core of changing work communities, innovative leadership, the principles of individuals’ vocational and human resource development, new vocational training models, and design of work communities. The interdisciplinary research group finds it fascinating to explore how love-based leadership, professional training, and design interaction can be interconnected for generating happy work communities in the North. The phenomenon will be approached through five disciplines: 1) design research, 2) educational psychology and education, 3) psychology, 4) administrative science, and 5) adult education. Therefore, the project aims at making a broad impact on the framework, practices and design of dynamic work welfare and meeting the objectives of the “Northern Wellbeing and Changing Work” and “Service Design” programs.