Romanticism


You think of what a perfect experience WILL soon be like (Idealize the perfect love or experience before it happens)
Idealize the perfect love or experience last (You reflect on the experience afterwards)

Pursuit of experience (You jump into experiences for the sake of experiencing)
Pursuit of ideal (You have a set of ideal situations and you seek them out)

Emotion is a reactionary event to stimuli and duress
Emotion is expression as a bursting well, a spring of intense force

Popular-held beliefs of relationships or happiness
Rejection (ignore) popular beliefs

Seek one side of opposites states of being: joy/depression, love/hate, beauty/ugly
Seek duality of emotions as a sensation of experience

Life is about being the bold and the beautiful
Life is about any experience of any kind: all life is beautiful

Using just logic is cowardly and ugly
Reject anything ugly; avoid any cowardice

"Mystic" perception of nature; Nature causes intense experiences
Think of Nature as setting for perfect experiences to happen in.

You daydream, plan, and think about experiences that you seek to have
You reflect and think on experiences you have had

Platonic Love is sexual detachment from one another
Platonic Love is spiritual attachment to one another

Against controlling personal 'environment,' leave yourself open to random people and places.
You control your personal 'environment', such as friends, places you go, and people around you

Form and function before content: proper use of things is more important than what something means
Content before form and function: the meaning of something is more important than what something is useful for

I think that individuals who never attempt to rise above society are scary
I think that individuals who never attempt to be in a relationship are scary

I consider my views and ideas as part of, but not inherent within, others' views, such as friends, family, and community
I center my views and ideas relative to others' views, such as friends, family, and community.

I sometimes see myself as if there is a camera filming me and I am part of a movie.
I sometimes believe the weather shifts and changes according to my moods

Sympathetic Fallacy (I am sad for you because a tree fell on your car).
Pathetic fallacy (I feel sad for the tree because it fell overówas that your car that broke it's fall?)

Myself and others should seek to use reason and then emotion
Myself and others should seek to use emotion and then reason

'Lifestyle' and setting depends on my own ideal of a good life.
Preference for living in remote or isolated wilderness or open country

My views of romance are usually in stories of the past, such as princes and other histories.
My views of romance come mostly from folk ballads, jazz, and the blues

I prefer to study or watch movies about Ancient Rome
I prefer to study or watch movies about the Middle Ages

I seek to climb to the highest social and economic class possible
I seek the growth of humanitarianism and democracy over my own growth

I belong to a specific church or religion. I am religious
I do not belong to a church or religion; I have a personal spiritualism

Death and dying is a depressing subject that is best avoided when possible.
Death and dying is a wonderfully terrifying thought to ponder, and I enjoy doing so.

The word "irrational" has a negative sound to it.
Seeking the "irrational" allows me to have a better imagination

In excitable, deadly, or scary experiences, I tend to hold back emotional and sensual actions
In excitable, deadly, or scary experiences, I tend to let loose emotional and sensual actions

People should check their passion and express it suitably.
All of life should focus on passions.

My own little escape is to envision changing something specific to create a better life.
My own little escape is to daydreams about a better life.

Romance (sexual or not) is a wonderful form of rising above the material world to the spiritual.
Romance (sexual or not) is a wonderful form of escapism from the harshness of reality.

My imagination mostly attempts to understand higher truths.
My imagination mostly 'fleshes out' ideas and things I want

If given free-time, I seek the weird, and mysterious
If given free time, I seek excitement to avoid the drudgery of everyday life.

A romantic hero is a lone wandering adventurer with little to no deep ties to anyone or any place.
A romantic hero in a story often saves others from loneliness and drudgery

Change is wanted so I can obtain a better life; then , please, little to no change is needed
Continual change is living; I would rather life change for the worse than have things stay safe and secure.

Spontaneity must always exist in every moment
By being occasional spontaneous I can find something that leads to eventual happiness and security.

Beauty as a life truly lived, even dog-poo is beautiful, squishing accidentally between one's toes.
Ideal 'common-held' notion of beauty, such as baby-poo being a necessary ugliness.

We all should be both innocent and experienced continually.
Person begins life innocent and gains experience

When giving friends advice I often use psychological terms and self-help ideas,
When giving friends advice I often refer to Biblical, or Shakespearean, or other literary stories and myths.

Artists are creators of reality.
Artists need to be, or think they are, rebels outside of society

Through imagination I can understand ideas and views that I had not yet heard from others.
Through imagination I can contrive a better way of doing something or achieving something

In a romance story, the two people are separated in some way and they can never be together.
In a romance story, the two people destined to be together eventually end up together

A romance is more about the feelings a person carries throughout life for another person
A romance is more about the relationship and bond that forms between people

I prefer vacations to be out in nature
I prefer vacations at a resort

I tend to dress in style
I tend to dress in what fits my mood.

I want to finish school so I can get out of the rut I live in now.
I want to finish school so I can finally obtain the life I have always wanted

If I were to write a poem to someone, it would be to express how I felt.
If I were to write a poem to someone, it would express how I feel