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Love and meaning of life

Mihaly Szentmartoni ; Filozofski fakultet Družbe Isusove u Zagrebu, Zagreb, Hrvatska

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APA 6th Edition
Szentmartoni, M. (1984). Ljubav i smisao života. Obnovljeni Život, 39. (3.-4.), 242-253. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Szentmartoni, Mihaly. "Ljubav i smisao života." Obnovljeni Život, vol. 39., no. 3.-4., 1984, pp. 242-253. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Szentmartoni, Mihaly. "Ljubav i smisao života." Obnovljeni Život 39., no. 3.-4. (1984): 242-253.
Szentmartoni, M. (1984). 'Ljubav i smisao života', Obnovljeni Život, 39.(3.-4.), pp. 242-253. Available at: (Accessed 14 June 2021)
Szentmartoni M. Ljubav i smisao života. Obnovljeni Život [Internet]. 1984 [cited 2021 June 14];39.(3.-4.):242-253. Available from:
M. Szentmartoni, "Ljubav i smisao života", Obnovljeni Život, vol.39., no. 3.-4., pp. 242-253, 1984. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 14 June 2021]

People who experience love do not question the meaning of their lives — love itself renders life meaningful. This observation makes the starting point for an analysis of the role love plays in finding the meaning of life. The development of love parallels with the development of self-identity. The author points out the importance of the distinction between passive and active love, i.e. of being loved and of being capable to love others. For the development of a positive self-identity is not sufficient only the experience of being loved, but is also necessary a capacity to enter into satisfactory emotional relations with others. The peak of the development of self-identity is seen as feeling, which can best be described as jou of life. This positive attitude toward life is equaled at the end of the paper with the feeling of a meaningful life.

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