Newsroom > News > Press Releases > Valentine’s Day experts from DePaul University discuss the heart, mental health, consumer behavior, religious symbolism and love songs
January 21, 2015 /
Posted in: University News /
CHICAGO — DePaul University faculty experts are available to discuss and provide insight into the many different aspects of Valentine’s Day including its religious history, how the heart reacts to being around someone you love and how romantic music can induce nostalgia and tug at the heartstrings.
Scholarly experts available to speak include:
“Social support is important to both prevent mental illness and to support people with mental illness. During Valentine’s Day, and other holidays, people should rely on family and friends for support. If people know Valentine’s Day is hard for them, they should be proactive. Maybe schedule something with a friend or a family member so they’re not alone,” said Shattell. “Valentine’s Day is about love. It can be about friendship love, family love, pets … it’s sort of billed as this romantic love holiday, but it can certainly be seen as more broad.” Shattell can be reached at email@example.com or 773-325-4106.
“If companies have found a way to make a bit of money out of people’s desire to express their love for one another it shouldn’t be a terrible thing. Sometimes the most romantic of Valentine’s sentiments are the free, handwritten letters comparable to those that would have been sent 200 years ago,” said Mourey.
“The criticism is also rooted in a psychological need to defend one’s own insecurities: I can’t be happy for others in a relationship because I’m not in one,” said Mourey. “This is a strange application of the ‘Fundamental Attribution Error’ in which we attribute our successes to ourselves but our failures to external situations. So some people might rationalize their single status by saying, ‘Valentine’s Day is a stupid holiday that companies use to make money,’ as it makes them feel better about themselves; or at least about being single if that’s an issue for them.” Mourey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-362-7663.
“Being in a relationship may help keep you healthy, but my opinion is that if you are stressed out by being in a relationship, it’s likely not good for your heart. If you are stressed out being single, it is likely not good for your heart.” Larimer can be reached at email@example.com or 773-325-8105.
“Legends surrounding St. Valentine have him restoring the sight of his jailer’s daughter, or secretly marrying couples so that the husbands would not have to fight in the military, or refusing to sacrifice to pagan idols,” said Moringiello. “Our current tradition of associating St. Valentine with romantic love likely comes from the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. In the late 14th century, Chaucer and some friends wrote poems that featured St. Valentine as the patron saint of mating birds and human lovers. Birds were believed to mate in the middle of February, which was — and is — Valentine’s feast day.” Moringiello can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-325-8692.
“While a romantic comedy might have a great weekend on Valentine's Day, it’s true that sales will really take off on DVD, Blu-ray and download, as more and more people opt to stay in rather than go to the theater. Box office numbers may fall while download numbers soar,” said Booth. “For example, boxofficemojo.com says that ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ is the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time, but it was released in April. ‘Hitch’ is the third highest grossing romantic comedy and it was released Valentine's Day weekend in 2005,” said Booth. “Ironically, the movie ‘Valentine's Day’ is the 24th highest grossing romantic comedy and it was released on the holiday.” Booth can be reached at email@example.com or 312-362-7753.