When two people are romantically in love they agree with many of the statements below. And even some of us who are not presently romantically attached would still like to feel this way. We all have at least a little bit of romance in our hearts.
To find out how romantic you are, check those statements you agree with.
Romanticism Scale *
Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements by circling the “A” if you agree or the “D” if you disagree.
When you are really in love, you just aren’t interested in anyone else. A D
Somewhere there is an ideal mate for most people. The problem is in just finding that one. A D
Jealousy is a measure of how much you love a person. A D
Love will overcome all differences between two people. A D
When you are separated from your love partner, you are miserable.
To be truly in love is to be in an eternal state of bliss. A D
You would do anything to make your loved one happy. A D
You can always tell when two people are in love; it sticks out all over.
Love just happens; you can’t cheat it. A D
Love and hate are opposites; where one exists, the other cannot exist. A D
A person who really loves you would never do anything to hurt you. A D
No one can love more than one person at a time. A D
Who Are the Real Romantics?
If your partner also responds to the Romanticism Scale in the previous section, and you compare your responses, you may be surprised. Men and women are both caught up with romance, but research in the 1970s showed that it is men who are the real romantics. Men tend to agree with more of the statements about romantic love in the Romanticism Scale;4.15 they fall in love more quickly; and they hold on to a waning affair more so than do women.4.16
* Rubin, Z. (1970). Measurement of romantic love. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 16, 265-273.
4.15 Rubin, Z. (1973). Liking and loving: An invitation to social psychology. N.Y.: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, p. 206.
4.16 Kanin, E.J., Davidson, K.D., and Sheck, S.R. (1970). A research note on male-female differentials in the experience of heterosexual love. The Journal of Sex Research, 6, 64-72.