##s Of Love In Karen Armstrong's 'Homo Religiosus'

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In Barbara Fredrickson’s Selections from “Love 2.0: How our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do and Become”, our conventional viewpoint on love is changed so that it can lead to a happier and healthier life. Similarly, in Karen Armstrong’s “Homo Religiosus”, she talks about religion and culture to explain the meaning of life and help people reach internal happiness. Both of these authors make sure that people forget about their previous beliefs so that they can reach Fredrickson’s system of “positivity resonance”, or Armstrong’s idea of internal happiness, or antta.
Although men and women in the modern are “no longer to make [an] effort” to be inclined to religion, Armstrong still sees religion as something extremely
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With the “longing” feeling, people realize that something is missing from their life, so they “seek out ekstasis” to have a better life (Armstrong, 7). Both authors share the goal of helping people understand life better and wanting them to have a better life. However, they both know that people can’t achieve this on their own. They both mentioned the process of “kenosis” or “emptying” (Armstrong, 14). Fredrickson brought up this point by repeating that people need to get rid of their previous beliefs on love so that they can begin on understanding the science behind it. Armstrong brought it up by saying that people also need to get rid of traits so they can understand the truths of religion. Fredrickson and Armstrong both know that people are not able to figure out these things on their own, so they need them to empty their beliefs and traits. This would make people “experience immense

peace” and “a sense of release” (Armstrong, 14). For Fredrickson, this emptying would lead to positivity resonance. She would go on to explain each of the three parts; the brain, oxytocin, and the vagus nerve in order to help people reach this positivity resonance. Similarly, Armstrong’s idea of emptying would lead to the sense of release and immense peace, as well as promoting yourself and drawing “attention to your unique and special qualities” (Armstrong, 14). She also explained three principles to achieve her ideas, and those included the nature of the ultimate

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