1 Introduction: The Nature of Love
1.1 Why is love important?
1.2 Approaches to studying love
1.2.1 Philosophical approaches
1.2.2 Literary approaches
1.2.3 Early psychological approaches
18.104.22.168 Reinforcement theories
22.214.171.124 Cognitive-consistency theories
126.96.36.199 Clinical approaches
1.3 When is it love?
1.4 Why is love important anyway?
2 Love from a Biological Perspective
2.1 Evolution of sexual preferences
2.2 Excursion: Sexual orientation
2.3 Love as decision-making biases
2.4 Love from an attachment perspective
2.5 Love and our brain
3 Are There Different Kinds of Love? Taxonomic Approaches
3.1 Lee and the Hendricks’ theory of styles of romantic love
3.2 Sternberg’s duplex theory of love
3.3 Clark: Communal Responsiveness as love
3.4 Excursion: Friendship
3.5 Berscheid’s four kinds of love
4 Cultural Theories of Love
4.1 Is romantic love universal?
4.2 Why do we fall in love with someone?
4.3 What does it mean to be in love with someone?
4.4 Individualism, collectivism, and love
4.5 The impact of culture on our experience of love
4.6 The impact of number of children on marital satisfaction across cultures
5 A Primer on Methods: Constructing a Love Scale
5.1 Steps in constructing and assessing a love scale
6 Interpersonal Attraction
6.1 Proximity – Liking the ones who are close by
6.2 Familiarity – Liking the ones we know
6.3 Similarity – Liking the ones who are like us
6.4 Reciprocity – Liking the ones who like us back
6.5 Personality – Liking them for who they are
6.6 Physical appearance – Liking someone’s looks
7 Stages of Relationships: How Relationships are Formed, Maintained, and Ended
7.1 Different kinds of love and their development
7.2 Excursion: A new way to find a mate: Speed-dating
7.3 Living together
7.4 Relationship maintenance
7.5 Breaking up with premarital partners
7.6 Breaking up in marriage - divorce
8 Online Dating
8.1 How does online dating work?
8.2 How is online dating different from conventional dating?
8.3 Is online dating better than conventional dating?
8.4 Saying “no” online
8.5 Does the internet really level the field?
8.6 The dangers of online dating
9 Love and Personality
9.1 Similarity vs. complementarity
9.2 Big Five personality traits
10 Relationship Challenges: Questions and Answers