Puppy love

Puppy love, also known as a crush, is an informal term for feelings of romantic or platonic love, often felt during childhood and early adolescence, generally 4 to 14 year olds.[1] It is named for its resemblance to the adoring, worshipful affection that may be felt by a puppy.

The term can be used in a derogatory fashion, presuming the affair to be shallow and transient in comparison to other forms of love.[2] Sigmund Freud, however, was far from underestimating the power of early love, recognizing the validity of "the proverbial durability of first loves".[3]

CharacteristicsEdit

Puppy love is a common experience in the process of maturing.[4] The object of attachment may be a peer, but the term can also describe the fondness of a child for an adult. Most often, the object of the child's infatuation is someone years older, like a teacher, friend of the family, actor, or musician, about whom the child will spend their time daydreaming or fantasizing.[5]

A crush is described as a coming-of-age experience where the child is given a sense of individualism because they feel intimate emotions for a person not part of their own family.[6]

Popular cultureEdit

Canadian singer Paul Anka wrote and released the single "Puppy Love" in 1960, reaching number 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 and number 33 in the UK singles charts. The remake by Donny Osmond peaked at US number 3 in 1972.[7] Country singer Dolly Parton's first single, released in the 1950s when she was a child, was also called "Puppy Love". American singer Barbara Lewis released her song entitled "Puppy Love" in January 1964. Australian rock band Front End Loader featured a song called "Puppy Love" on their 1992 eponymous album. Bow Wow released a song called "Puppy Love" in January 2001. American hip hop artist Brother Ali composed a song about puppy love titled "You Say (Puppy Love)". The electric powwow group A Tribe Called Red released a song titled "Native Puppy Love" on their eponymous album.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote short stories "valuing the intuitiveness of puppy love over mature, reasoned affection...[its] 'unreal, undesirous medley of ecstasy and peace'".[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ray E. Short (2004). Sex, Love or Romance. p. 16. Simple infatuation is also known as called a 'crush' or 'puppy love'. It commonly strikes those in the early teens or younger.
  2. ^ Georgette Heyer (1974). Bath Tangle. London. pp. 284, 183. calf-love...a sickly, sentimental dream which only a moonstruck fool could have created!
  3. ^ Sigmund Freud, On Sexuality (PFL 7) p. 67
  4. ^ Short, p. 13
  5. ^ Short, p. 16
  6. ^ M. H. Ford, Personal Power (2004) p. 124
  7. ^ "And They Call It Puppy Love". Archived from the original on 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  8. ^ Ruth Prigozy (2002). The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Cambridge. p. 38.