Investigating Love’s Universal Attributes

A Research Report From China

William Jankowiak, Yifei Shen, Shiyu Yao, Cancan Wang, Shelly Volsche

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Abstract

    There are no cognitive studies of love conducted in an Asian culture. Our study is the first to probe the cognitive qualities that urban Chinese youth associate with what it means to be in love. To this end, we build on de Munck et al.’s pioneering studies in two European cultures (Russia, Lithuanian) and in the United States. Expanding on their study, we used a similar questionnaire that also includes additional questions designed to probe the youth of urban China’s perception and understanding of romantic love as an emotional and psychological force. We found that Chinese youths’ responses are similar to the Euro-American five core findings that all individuals, regardless of gender, experience when “in love.” These core attributes are as follows: “I will do anything for the person I love” (or altruism), “I constantly think about the person I am in love with” (or intrusive thinking), “romantic love is the supreme happiness of life” (or self-actualization), my “love makes my partner stronger and a better person,” (or emotional fulfillment), and “sexual attraction is necessary for love” (biology).
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCross-Cultural Research
    Volume49
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)422-436
    Number of pages15
    ISSN1069-3971
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Cite this

    Jankowiak, William ; Shen, Yifei ; Yao, Shiyu ; Wang, Cancan ; Volsche, Shelly. / Investigating Love’s Universal Attributes : A Research Report From China. In: Cross-Cultural Research. 2015 ; Vol. 49, No. 4. pp. 422-436.
    @article{2915008739fb492094f6ff374b18059e,
    title = "Investigating Love’s Universal Attributes: A Research Report From China",
    abstract = "There are no cognitive studies of love conducted in an Asian culture. Our study is the first to probe the cognitive qualities that urban Chinese youth associate with what it means to be in love. To this end, we build on de Munck et al.’s pioneering studies in two European cultures (Russia, Lithuanian) and in the United States. Expanding on their study, we used a similar questionnaire that also includes additional questions designed to probe the youth of urban China’s perception and understanding of romantic love as an emotional and psychological force. We found that Chinese youths’ responses are similar to the Euro-American five core findings that all individuals, regardless of gender, experience when “in love.” These core attributes are as follows: “I will do anything for the person I love” (or altruism), “I constantly think about the person I am in love with” (or intrusive thinking), “romantic love is the supreme happiness of life” (or self-actualization), my “love makes my partner stronger and a better person,” (or emotional fulfillment), and “sexual attraction is necessary for love” (biology).",
    author = "William Jankowiak and Yifei Shen and Shiyu Yao and Cancan Wang and Shelly Volsche",
    year = "2015",
    doi = "10.1177/1069397115594355",
    language = "English",
    volume = "49",
    pages = "422--436",
    journal = "Cross-Cultural Research",
    issn = "1069-3971",
    publisher = "Sage Publications, Inc.",
    number = "4",

    }

    Jankowiak, W, Shen, Y, Yao, S, Wang, C & Volsche, S 2015, 'Investigating Love’s Universal Attributes: A Research Report From China', Cross-Cultural Research, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 422-436. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069397115594355

    Investigating Love’s Universal Attributes : A Research Report From China. / Jankowiak, William; Shen, Yifei; Yao, Shiyu; Wang, Cancan; Volsche, Shelly.

    In: Cross-Cultural Research, Vol. 49, No. 4, 2015, p. 422-436.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Investigating Love’s Universal Attributes

    T2 - A Research Report From China

    AU - Jankowiak, William

    AU - Shen, Yifei

    AU - Yao, Shiyu

    AU - Wang, Cancan

    AU - Volsche, Shelly

    PY - 2015

    Y1 - 2015

    N2 - There are no cognitive studies of love conducted in an Asian culture. Our study is the first to probe the cognitive qualities that urban Chinese youth associate with what it means to be in love. To this end, we build on de Munck et al.’s pioneering studies in two European cultures (Russia, Lithuanian) and in the United States. Expanding on their study, we used a similar questionnaire that also includes additional questions designed to probe the youth of urban China’s perception and understanding of romantic love as an emotional and psychological force. We found that Chinese youths’ responses are similar to the Euro-American five core findings that all individuals, regardless of gender, experience when “in love.” These core attributes are as follows: “I will do anything for the person I love” (or altruism), “I constantly think about the person I am in love with” (or intrusive thinking), “romantic love is the supreme happiness of life” (or self-actualization), my “love makes my partner stronger and a better person,” (or emotional fulfillment), and “sexual attraction is necessary for love” (biology).

    AB - There are no cognitive studies of love conducted in an Asian culture. Our study is the first to probe the cognitive qualities that urban Chinese youth associate with what it means to be in love. To this end, we build on de Munck et al.’s pioneering studies in two European cultures (Russia, Lithuanian) and in the United States. Expanding on their study, we used a similar questionnaire that also includes additional questions designed to probe the youth of urban China’s perception and understanding of romantic love as an emotional and psychological force. We found that Chinese youths’ responses are similar to the Euro-American five core findings that all individuals, regardless of gender, experience when “in love.” These core attributes are as follows: “I will do anything for the person I love” (or altruism), “I constantly think about the person I am in love with” (or intrusive thinking), “romantic love is the supreme happiness of life” (or self-actualization), my “love makes my partner stronger and a better person,” (or emotional fulfillment), and “sexual attraction is necessary for love” (biology).

    UR - http://sfx-45cbs.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/45cbs?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&url_ctx_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&ctx_enc=info:ofi/enc:UTF-8&ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&rfr_id=info:sid/sfxit.com:azlist&sfx.ignore_date_threshold=1&rft.object_id=954925602717

    U2 - 10.1177/1069397115594355

    DO - 10.1177/1069397115594355

    M3 - Journal article

    VL - 49

    SP - 422

    EP - 436

    JO - Cross-Cultural Research

    JF - Cross-Cultural Research

    SN - 1069-3971

    IS - 4

    ER -