Sunday, December 27, 2009

Love, according to Wikipedia

There are many kinds of love. I don't believe that everyone gets to experience all kinds of love throughout their lifetimes. Food for thought...

Love
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The stylized heart is a traditional
European icon representing love.
Basic Aspects
Love (scientific views)
Love (cultural views)
Love (virtue)
Human bonding
Historically
Courtly love
Religious love
Types of emotion
Erotic love
Platonic love
Familial love
Romantic love
See also
Unrequited love
Love sickness
Limerence
Interpersonal relationship
Sexuality
Sexual intercourse
Valentine's Day
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Love is any of a number of emotions related to a sense of strong affection[1] and attachment. 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 husband"). This diversity of uses and 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[2] to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love.[3] 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.

1 comment:

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

Very interesting. I took a Symantics course in high school and did my end-of-semester project on the origin of the word 'love' - thanks for the refresher!