Paper 1: Expos 355: 101
In her book, Fredrickson discusses various concepts that surround love, its occurrence,
and how it is shared among two people. The author considers love as a verb or a process that
comprises of biological systems and she uses terms like bond, coupling, and click to describe the
process. This paper explains Fredrickson’s description of love as a verb an a process, explores
the various systems that make up love, and explains the principle of “love begets love”.
Fredrickson uses a number of concepts that have a special meaning in relation to love.
One of these concepts is positivity resonance. In order to understand the meaning of positivity
resonance, one has to explore its role in love from the different perspectives that the author
provides. In her book, Fredrick writes that love is an experience that humans undergo that can be
identified through variations in their emotional wellbeing and the connection that they have with
one another. In this case, factors such as positive emotion sharing, synchronization among
partners, and the existence of mutual care fluctuate from highs to lows. These fluctuations are
not only identified in the bond of love that exists among those in romantic relationships, but it
can also be seen in other settings including the relationship between a parent and a child. All
these concepts are what define positivity resonance.
Positivity resonance can be understood as a scenario where an emotion exists among two
or more people. It is a term that the author uses interchangeably with love. For instance, she
states that one can “think of love, or positivity resonance” as a set among complex and recurrent
scenes that occur when an emotion exists between two people (p. 109). When such a bond is
shared among two or more people, it positively unfurls across both their minds and their bodies.
This makes positivity resonance an integral process within...