Have you ever wondered what love is? Well, this article will attempt to define love in easy terms so that you can understand it better. First, love is a mental attitude and mental behaviors characterized by intense intimacy, emotional passion, commitment, and emotional devotion. It involves emotional care, emotional closeness, security, passion, attraction, love, and desire.
Love can range from being mild to extremely intense feelings, with intensity varying over time, as well as the depth of feelings and emotions that involve another person. At its extreme, infatuation can result in an addictive behavior pattern that includes substance abuse, while mild feelings of love may be expressed without addictive behavior. In addition, love may be expressed reciprocally, i.e., one person giving affection to another person and receiving love in return.
In order to understand love more thoroughly, we must take a look at some of the major categories or emotional states that are involved in loving relationships. The first category is Erotic Love, which is also known as sexual or romantic love. Erotic love involves strong, lasting emotions that stem from a core need and desire. It may be toward a person, an idea, a culture, an animal, or a situation. Erotic love can be passionate love, fantasy love, or sexual desire.
Close emotional bonds can result from romantic love as well as from caring, loyalty, trust, adoration, devotion, companionship, and sexual attraction. Intimate relationships often involve multiple levels of caring, bonding, trust, and devotion. These deeper emotional bonds are important for healthy well-being and happiness.
Appreciation is one emotion that does not need to be classified as love. However, feelings of affection for someone do include appreciation – regardless of whether the emotion is sexual or non-sexual in nature. Feeling appreciated by another person is often a good way to boost one’s self esteem and feelings of worth. Recognition, admiration, respect, self-esteem, as well as concern and acceptance are all positive ways of feeling valued by another person.
When describing our own feelings and emotions, one should be careful not to generalize or apply universal definitions of love to relationships with others. Each person is unique, so what you experience in your own heart and mind are likely to be very specific to you. In addition, when you speak about love to another person, the other person likely experiences the same emotions – both positive and negative. Expressing love in a way that is unique to each relationship is important. By listening carefully to your own unique emotions and impressions, you will be able to express the true nature of your feelings to another person in loving, sincere, and supportive ways.