The Choice between Romantic and Consumer’s Love
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Изборът между романтична и потребителска любов през призмата на психоанализата
The Choice between Romantic and Consumer’s Love through the Prism of Psychoanalysis

Author(s): Vasil Sivov
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Education, Psychology, History of Philosophy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Special Branches of Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Individual Psychology, Psychology of Self, Psychoanalysis
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: romantic love; sexuality;psychoanalytic theory;

Summary/Abstract: Despite its centrality in the lives of many people, psychoanalysis, with its traditional emphasis on psychosexuality and rationalism, has generally undervalued the importance of love and romance. This study explores the devaluation within psychoanalytic theorizing and the parallel widespread degradation of love in everyday life. The romantic view sees man as striving towards becoming a cohesive self. Development aims at a self which consists of a continuous flow from ambitions to ideals, from a sense of vitality towards goals which are experienced as intrinsically valuable. Mental suffering is the result of the failure of the environment to fulfil the self-object function and the patient’s symptoms are the desperate attempt to fill the vacuum in his depleted self. The ethic is romantic: maturity and mental health consist in the ability to sustain enthusiasm and a sense of meaning.

  • Issue Year: 24/2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 291-297
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian