But? What is Love?

09Dec08

Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure (“I loved that meal”) to intense interpersonal attraction (“I love my girlfriend”). This diversity of meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states. As an abstract concept, love usually refers to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love to the nonsexual emotional closeness of familial and platonic love to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.

Scientific Answers Researchers (Hatfield & Rapson, 1995) have broken up love into two main types: Passionate love which involves continuously thinking about the loved one and also involves warm sexual feelings and powerful emotional reactions. Companionate love is having trusting and tender feelings for someone who is close to you. Now one of the best known theories of love (which means an educated guess that isn’t proven fact) is Robert Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love. The three components of the Triangular Theory of Love are: Passion, the feeling physically aroused and attracted to someone. Passion is what makes you feel “in love” and is the feeling most associated with love. It also rises quickly and strongly influences and biases your judgment. Intimacy, the feeling close and connected to someone (developed through sharing and very good communications over time). Intimacy is what makes you want to share and offer emotional and material support to each other.

This information was taken from a site called http://www.loveisgreat.com – how about that for a name!

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