What is Love?
Love is a complex set of emotions, behaviors, and beliefs associated with strong feelings of affection, protectiveness, warmth, and respect for another person. Love is when you choose to be at your best when the other person is not at their best. Love is when what you want is never important. But what the other person needs and wants is always paramount. … “That’s a hard one to do, but that’s what true love is.The most spectacular, indescribable, deep euphoric feeling for someone. Love is an incredibly powerful word. … This love is unconditional affection with no limits or conditions: completely loving someone. It’s when you trust the other with your life and when you would do anything for each other.
Definitions of Love Terms
Let’s start by looking at the definitions of terms used to refer to people in love or love itself.
- Adore: Loving someone very much
- Affection: A tender and warm feeling toward someone; extreme fondness.
- Amore: The Italian word for love.
- Amour: From the French word for love, this is a serious love affair, usually a secret one.
- Cherish: Have great affection and caring for someone.
- Court: Another word for dating which refers to the man trying to convince the woman to marry him.
- Enchant: Attracting someone, or casting a spell over them.
- Fancy: Has a strong liking or love for someone.
- Head over heels: To be totally infatuated with someone.
- Hold dear: To have a lot of affection for someone.
- Hots for: Slang expression for desire for someone.
- Idolize: To totally love someone and not see their faults.
- Long for: To really want someone.
- Passion: A very strong love for someone.
- Rapture: The feeling you get when you are in love.
- Spark: The attraction between two people.
- Sugar baby: A nickname for your partner.
- Treasure: Consider valuable or rare
- True love: Your lover or soul mate
- Worship: To adore intensely.
Expressing Love in Words
Hopefully the previous definitions helped you on your quest to find words to express love. Here are some ways to say, “I love you”:
- I cherish you.
- I want a lifetime with you.
- I adore you.
- I am better because of you.
- I need you by my side.
- I cannot stop thinking about you.
- My love for you is unconditional and eternal.
Types of Love
Agape — Unconditional Love. First, we have agape love
First, we have agape love. This is an altruistic, selfless, unconditional love. The Greeks thought it was quite radical, perhaps because so few people seem capable of feeling it long-term.Some people would describe agape as a type of spiritual love. For instance, Christians believe that Jesus exhibited this kind of love for all humans. He was selfless and sacrificed Himself so that others could be rid of their sins. He suffered for the happiness of others.
Eros — Romanic Love
Eros is named after the Greek god of love and fertility. Therefore, it is usually associated with romantic, passionate, and physical love. It is an expression of sexual passion and desire.The Greeks were actually quite fearful of this love, strangely enough. They thought that because human beings have an instinctual impulse to procreate, that this love was so powerful and it would result in a loss of control.Although the Greeks thought this kind of love was dangerous, it is still the kind of love that is associated with passionate, sexual love. Even in modern days, some people believe that this kind of love “burns hot and bright, but it burns out fast.”
Philia — Affectionate Love
The Greeks defined this kind of love as “affectionate love.” In other words, it is the kind of love that you feel for your friends.Ironically, the ancient Greeks thought this kind of love was better than eros (sexual love), because it represented love between people who considered themselves equals.While a lot of people associate the word “love” with romance, Plato always argued that physical attraction wasn’t necessary for love. Hence, why there are many different types of love. This type, in particular, is often referred to as “platonic” love – love without sexual acts.
Philautia — Self-love
Philautia is self-love. In our modern day society, most people associate self-love with being narcissistic, selfish, or stuck on themselves. However, this is not what the ancient Greeks meant by self-love.Self-love is not negative or unhealthy in any way. In fact, it’s necessary to be able to give and receive love from other people. We cannot give to others what we don’t have. And if we don’t love ourselves, how can we truly love others?Another way to look at self-love is by thinking about it as self-compassion. Just as you might show affection and love to another person, you must also show that same affection and love to yourself.
Storge — Familiar Love
Storge can be defined as “familiar love.” Although that’s a strange term, let me explain what it really means.This type of love looks and feels a lot like philia – affectionate love felt between friends. However, this love is more like a parent-child love.Just like philia, there is not physical or sexual attraction. But there is a strong bond, kinship, and familiarity between people.
Pragma — Enduring Love
The ancient Greeks define pragma as “enduring love.” In other words, it’s almost the opposite of eros (sexual love). Eros tends to burn out quickly because of its passion and intensity. However, pragma is a love that has matured and developed over a long period of time.
The kind of old married couples who have been together since their teenage years and still hold hands, well, that’s a great example of pragma. Unfortunately, this kind of love is somewhat rare to find – especially in society today. These days, people seem to think the grass is always greener on the other side. And therefore, they don’t have the patience or desire to watch love grow over time.
This type of love doesn’t require a lot of effort in a relationship. Both people are good at making compromises, and each of them puts in equal efforts to make the other person happy.
Ludus — Playful Love
Ludus is known as the “playful love.” However, a better way to describe it is the feeling of infatuation in the early days of romance. If you’ve been in love before, you know what I’m talking about.It’s the butterflies in your stomach, the giddiness you feel when you see your love walk through the door, and the feeling of never wanting to be without them.Studies show that when people are experiencing this type of love, their brain is acting much like it does if it was on cocaine. In other words, your brain is lit up and active just like someone who is literally high on a drug. It makes you feel alive and excited about life.
- Mania — Obsessive LoveMania is not necessarily a good type of love, because it is obsessive. It’s the type of love that can lead someone into madness, jealousy, or even anger. That is because the balance between eros (sexual) and ludus (playful) is terribly off.12 Sign of Love KNOW MORE ABOUT LOVE