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Djidaryan I. A., Maslova O. V. Classical Writers on Love: the Contemporary Look. Izvestiya of Saratov University. New Series. Series: Educational Acmeology. Developmental Psychology, 2018, vol. 7, iss. 2, pp. 143-?. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18500/2304-9790-2018-7-2-143-148


Classical Writers on Love: the Contemporary Look

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The purpose of the research presented in the article was to determine how close the statements about love made by the classics to the views of our contemporaries. The study involved 230 people aged 19 to 61 years old, the mean age is 29 years, the sample consisted of 52% of women and 48% of men. We used the questionnaire “Concepts of love», especially designed for the purposes of the research, which includes 26 statements about love made by famous cultural figures of different times and nations. Three groups of statements according to the degree of their acceptance by respondents were singled out. Most of our contemporaries agree with the fact that love is the desire for happiness to another person, and also that love is the creator of everything good, sublime, strong, warm and bright. The least they agree to perceive love as a hindrance and an obstacle in life. In general, the views of our contemporaries about love are in accordance with the ideas of the classical literature about it; they are also inclined to associate it with dedication, the ability to bring gifts, and also with the meaning of life. Gender differences are revealed: the ideas of women’s love are more romantic and idealistic than those of men.

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