How to Define Love
originated by:Krystle C., Christine, Jack Herrick, Jamie Bresee (see all)
“How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and
physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?”
— Albert Einstein
Love is difficult to define. How do you avoid confusing it with infatuation or
lust? Philosophers and psychologists both have attempted to define love, per
least its difference from infatuation and lust. If you are looking to find love,
the following observations may be helpful.
Love is much more than a risk, but is a risk that one can take and grasp and
fall into a dark abyss or dig oneself a hole and only crawl back when you
overcome your emotions.
How can one truly define what love is? Not even an experienced person can
truly grasp or explain love to its truest and deepest meaning. Its concepts are
just a never ending story of an open book of experiences. But love does lie in
one's heart, where memories are but shadows lingering in your soul. Love is
giving someone the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to. Steps
The dictionary defines love in several ways in which we use the
word. For example, love is:
1. A strong positive emotion of; affection or pleasure; e.g, "His love
for his work." or "I love cooking."
2. Any object of warm affection or devotion or liking: "The theater
was her first love". "I love French food".
3. Beloved: a beloved person; used as a term of endearment. 4. A deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction; e.g., "She was his
first love" or "She loves her husband."
5. A score of zero in tennis or squash: "It was 40-love!" 6. Sexual love: sexual intercourse between two people. e.g. "They
made love." "He hadn't had any love in months".
Love is characterized by the desire to want good things for that
person no matter what. And you're willing to work out your problems
together. And you can hardly breathe when you're around them. Even though
you may see them all the time or hardly ever, it's as if you get that rush of what
you felt when you got your first kiss.
The Greeks defined love in four categories:
1. Agape love is unconditional love. It is love by "choice" even if
you are not pleased. A good example is "God loves us with our faults." 2. Philia love is the dispassionate virtuous love, guided by our likes
or our healthy or unhealthyneeds and desires.
3. Storge is the word for family love and the physical show of
"affection", the need for physical touch. Sometimes the love between
exceptional friends. See also: WikiPedia:Storge
4. Eros is the physical "sexual" desire, intercourse. It is the root
word of erotic, and eroticism.