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Reasons for dating in middle adolescence may be fairly superficial, such as for fun/recreation or social status among their peers.
However, long-term, committed relationships among middle adolescents can begin to serve the functions of intimacy, companionship, and social support.
Late adolescents also become concerned with the quality of the relationship and the amount of emotional support they receive from their partner.
When we become teens, is one form replaced by another, or is it the same construct on some blissfully complicated continuum?
Some researchers have argued that the “targets” of our intimacy change over time, so that intimacy with peers replaces intimacy with parents, and intimacy with peers of the opposite sex replaces intimacy with same-sex friends.
To be clear, I am interested in how we develop and pursue the takes-my-breath-away, euphoric, romantic love that is so sought after. As children, we experience love in the form of unconditional care and affection from our parents.
My two daughters and I were watching a movie the other night called Wedding Crashers (we’re all suckers for rom-coms), and we heard Owen Wilson say, “True love is the soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another” . That is indeed love, but does that concept somehow shift as we get older?