Policy Sciences

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 179–186

On romantic love—An analysis of open system economic behavior

  • K. K. Fung

DOI: 10.1007/BF00139828

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Fung, K.K. Policy Sci (1979) 11: 179. doi:10.1007/BF00139828


Romantic love is characterized by a preoccupation with a deliberately restricted set of perceived characteristics in the love object which are viewed as means to some ideal ends. In the process of selecting the set of perceived characteristics and the process of determining the ideal ends, there is also a systematic failure to assess the accuracy of the perceived characteristics and the feasibility of achieving the ideal ends given the selected set of means and other pre-existing ends.

The study of romantic love can provide insight into the general process of introducing novelty into a system of interacting variables. Novelty, however, is functional only in an open system characterized by uncertainty where the variables have not all been functionally looped and system slacks are readily available to accommodate new things. In a closed system where all the objective functions and variables must be compatible to achieve stability and viability, adjustments in the value of some variables through romantic idealization may be dysfunctional if they represent merely residual responses to the creative combination of the variables in the open sub-system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. K. Fung
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsMemphis State UniversityMemphisUSA