Towards the Performance of Embodied Cultures of Love

Freddie Crous, Leigh Leo

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In this chapter, love is approached from an embodiment perspective-an approach which makes it possible to develop and nurture cultures of wellbeing. Specific attention is given to psychological neoteny (extended youthfulness) as a personality structure within which love as a trait is incorporated. In sub-Saharan Africa, neoteny finds expression in a radical form of love known as ubuntu. Two performative instruments, namely the Positivity Projective and Enactment Technique, as well as the Rebirth symbol designed by the eminent artist, Michelangelo Pistoletto, can be used to develop, cultivate and expand cultures which are open and loving.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Love
Subtitle of host publicationTranscultural and Transdisciplinary Perspectives
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030459963
ISBN (Print)9783030459956
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Affability
  • Cultures of love
  • Embodiment
  • Love
  • Neoteny
  • Performative instruments
  • Radical love
  • Ubuntu

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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