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Emotions, Love, Interpersonal relations
Viewing desperate love as marked by insecurity, urgency, a great need for reciprocation, idealization and affective extremes, this study was designed to investigate the assumption that desperate love constitutes a manifestation of predispositional characteristics. The primary hypothesis is that people can be differentiated as tending or not tending toward the experiences of desperate love based upon significantly different patterns of response when describing characteristic qualities of the self and important others. A secondary hypothesis is that this differentiation is also reflected in a more romantic attitude toward love along the romantic-companionate continuum among those who tend toward desperate love.