Advertisement

Policy Sciences

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 179–186 | Cite as

On romantic love—An analysis of open system economic behavior

  • K. K. Fung
Article

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Objective Function Open System Economic Policy General Process Systematic Failure 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Boulding, Kenneth E. (1978). “An incomplete paradigm,” Social Science Quarterly, 59 (2): 333–337.Google Scholar
  2. Fung, K. K. and Allan C. DeSerpa (1978). “Limits to growth through functional specialization in a closed system,” Social Science Quarterly, 59 (2): 274–283.Google Scholar
  3. Kremen, Howard and Bennet Kremen (1971). “Romantic love and idealization,” American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 31 (2): 134–143.Google Scholar
  4. Tinbergen, J. (1970). On the Theory of Economic Policy (Amsterdam: North-Holland).Google Scholar
  5. Wolfson, R. J. and T. M. Carroll (1976). “Ignorance, error and information in the classical theory of decision,” Behavioral Science, (March): 107–115.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company 1979

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations