How complex is your love? The case of romantic compromises and polyamory

Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, Luke Brunning

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This article highlights a somewhat neglected aspect of love (and of emotions in general): their complexity. We suggest distinguishing between three major related types of emotional complexity: emotional diversity, emotional ambivalence, and emotional behavior. The notion of emotional complexity has far-reaching implications for understanding emotions and our wellbeing. This is illustrated by examining the notion of emotional complexity in two common yet complex phenomena in the romantic realm: romantic compromises and polyamory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-116
Number of pages19
JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2018

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© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd


  • compromise
  • diversity
  • love
  • polyamory
  • romantic complexity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • General Psychology


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