How complex is your love? The case of romantic compromises and polyamory

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  • Aaron Ben-Ze’ev
  • Luke Brunning

External organisations

  • University of Haifa
  • University of Oxford


This article highlights a somewhat neglected aspect of love (and of emotions in general): their complexity. We suggest distinguishing between three major related types of emotional complexity: emotional diversity, emotional ambivalence, and emotional behavior. The notion of emotional complexity has far-reaching implications for understanding emotions and our wellbeing. This is illustrated by examining the notion of emotional complexity in two common yet complex phenomena in the romantic realm: romantic compromises and polyamory.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-116
Number of pages19
JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • compromise, diversity, love, polyamory, romantic complexity