Love styles and romantic love experiences in Japan

Yuji Kanemasa1, Junichi Taniguchi1, Ikuo Daibo1, Masanori Ishimori2
1Osaka University, Japan
2Kyoto Koka Women’s University, Japan
Cite this article:  Kanemasa, Y., Taniguchi, J., Daibo, I., & Ishimori, M. (2004). Love styles and romantic love experiences in Japan. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 32, 265-282.

Volume 32 Issue 3 | e1320 | Published: May 2004 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2004.32.3.265

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This research investigated the relationship between the six love styles based on Lee's theory (1973) and several romantic experiences, such as emotional experiences, self-perceptions, and partner's impressions. The subjects were 343 undergraduate students. The main results were as follows: Eros was positively related to positive feelings and positive self-perceptions. Mania and Agape showed similar patterns of emotional experiences, but Agape was distinguished from Mania in that agapic individuals thought of themselves as kind in romantic relationships. Pragma and Ludus were positively related to negative feelings in romantic relationships, and, in addition, Ludus was negatively correlated with partner's attractiveness. These results mostly provided support for Lee's theory and the conceptual validity of the six love styles.
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