But falling in love is something that we all do: we can all vouch for our own experiences; we can tell our story, can speak.”” So Alberoni muses. Explores the phenomenon of romantic love, describes its forms and stages, and discusses how love dies when it fails to establish new value sets. Falling in love is one such phenomenon students often overlook. Italian sociologist Francesco Alberoni has written wonderfully insightful analyses of this .

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It is “”the dream of the West”” whether we speak of Christianity the Nativity, Christmas, the Resurrection or Marxism “”revolution, renewal, the end of history””. However much relationships of love resemble each other, each one remains unique. One can have a worthwile, satisfying time on this planet without ever hearing the sea or smelling a rose.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Out of unwarranted fear, they may exclude from their whole lives the singular phenomenon that would give them more joy and truth and meaning than all other phenomena combined. Consulting work for businesses or private individuals. It should come as no surprise that the subject of this book is of course, love.

Maybe Emily Dickinson or John Keats. In Italy alone it has gone through 45 editions and sold over a million copies. Please provide an email address.


If the two persons in love fail to create a common project, or if their individual projects are too dissimilar, too incompatible, the love process may founder. Liberal education requires subjecting as many phenomena as possible francesvo reasoned, disciplined thought.

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This dissatisfaction is, then, what leads one to seek out love in a sincere fashion, unlike many who wish to find love but are not willing to surrender themselves to that fundamental need to improve their condition. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. There was a problem adding your email live.

But falling in love is something that we all do: On the contrary, it roots it francessco a desire for the future, for change, and considers it fundamental to the formation of the loving couple.

Falling in Love by Francesco Alberoni

Thus, while we cannot make the nascent state “”our permanent residence,”” the experience of falling in love still holds us. Fascinated by nature, they pore over bugs through microscopes and planets through telescopes. I know, I never thought of it francesck way either. Actually, I recommend his work to older people, too, since falling in love and loving are real possibilities at whatever age and in whatever circumstance. What happens to us? Often, in the decades after Dad’s death, Mom said she fallin God every day for the man she married.

But in this as in all other aspects of life, a little forethought cannot hurt. During this period, we find ourselves at our most insecure and, yet, we feel the first iin most frequent flutters of love. Falling in love is risky, by definition a leap in the dark. This conflict lends a dramatic, passionate character to the love process. In order to find out if she has really fallen in love, the subject submits to some truth tests and, to find out if that love is returned, subjects the potential object of it to tests of reciprocity.


More specifically, Alberoni deals with those all-too-brief and utterly captivating moments when one first falls in love. Hence the famous definition: Curious about humanity, llve take courses in history, social sciences, philosophy and literature.

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That is part of the fun of it. Alberoni, with his background in sociology, provides insight and, importantly, hope.

Romantics, though, will not be disappointed either. They are confident that if and when they are swept away by love, it will be into unending bliss. Alberoni’s website includes writings on related topics, too, like lovefriendshipand collective movements.