Our poster presentation at the 8th European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP) in France was a success. We presented our work on cognitive psychometric approaches to explore the cultural consensus on felt love.

We explored questions such as:

(1) Do people converge towards a shared cognitive model of felt love?
(2) Do people agree that there are behaviors that might be done out of love but are not perceived as love?
(3) Are there individual differences in the cognitive processes of evaluating expression of love in everyday life scenarios?
(4) Are there individual differences in baseline levels, variability, and inertia, that is, in the dynamics of feeling and expressing love in everyday life?
(5) How do these individual differences relate to each other? Are everyday life love dynamics linked with cognitive characteristics? How are they associated with personality characteristics?

Here is what we found:

(1) People converged to an agreement on all 60 love scenarios.
(2) People agreed that controlling or possessive behaviors (e.g., someone wants
to know where they are at all times) are not perceived as signs of love.
(3) There were considerable individual differences in all three person-specific
cognitive characteristics.
(4) Level 2 (population level) variance estimates showed considerable heterogeneity among participants in dynamical characteristics.
(5) When person-specific characteristics were correlated, there was convincing evidence that higher levels of consensus knowledge are associated with higher levels of openness to experience. Moreover, there was some evidence that the tendency to guess ‚true’ is linked with higher baseline levels of felt and expressed love and lower levels of emotional inertia.

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