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Do only fools rush in? The conflicts underlying romantic compromises

Aaron Been-Ze'ev


A conflict between emotional and intellectual attitudes is common: The intellect is concerned with the general and the stable whereas emotions are engaged with the particular and the volatile. These differences indicate the need to find some integration between the two. In the romantic realm, this conflict is clearly evident and often results in romantic compromises, i.e., giving up a romantic value for nonromantic value. This article examines the nature of romantic compromises and discusses the major conflicts underlying them: (a) the conflict between life and love, (b) the tendency not to be satisfied with one’s lot, (c) the ability to simultaneously hold various perspectives, and (d) the brief nature of romantic intensity.


love; compromises; conflict; wisdom.

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