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Mission Impossible? A Scientific Comparison between the Overlapping and Diverging Phenomena of Friendship and Love

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  • Kaarina MAATTA

    (Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Finland)

  • Satu UUSIAUTTI

    (Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Finland)

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Everyone needs intimate relationships that provide appreciation, support, recreation, and protection. In addition, these kinds of relationships make effective means of enhancing self-esteem and feelings of mastery and thus promote overall well-being. What are characteristics of today’s friendship and love? These issues are analyzed in this article grounding on a vast body of research literature. The differences and similarities between love and friendship are discussed. The salient purpose is to dissect friendship as a form of love and its essence in relation to love and to highlight their significance for the well-being of modern people. The fundamental question is whether both love and friendship can be defined as abilities that can be studied and learned.

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  • Kaarina MAATTA & Satu UUSIAUTTI, 2012. "Mission Impossible? A Scientific Comparison between the Overlapping and Diverging Phenomena of Friendship and Love," International Journal of Asian Social Science, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 2(4), pages 530-543, April(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:asi:ijoass:2012:p:530-543
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