Midlife perspectives on falling in love: The dialectic of unique experiences

Adital Ben-Ari, Yoav Lavee, Zahava Gal

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Abstract

This study explores the constructed meanings of falling in love in midlife. In depth interviews were conducted with 12 participants, all of whom had experienced falling in love in midlife. Analysis of the interview data suggest that midlife forms the prism through which the experience of falling in love is perceived: it provides the context, colors the experience, and characterizes its unique nature. The uniqueness is created primarily through dialectic between affirmations (compatibility with the notion of love) and negations (contrasting experiences).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-123
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adult Development
Volume13
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Falling in love
  • Midlife
  • Qualitative research
  • Turning point

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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