Friday, June 30, 2006

love is....

01. A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.

02. A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person with whom one is disposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance.

03. a) Sexual passion.
b) Sexual intercourse.
c) A love affair.

04. An intense emotional attachment, as for a pet or treasured object.

05. A person who is the object of deep or intense affection or attraction; beloved. Often used as a term of endearment.

06. An expression of one's affection: Send him my love.

Just as there are many types of lovers, there are many kinds of love. Love is inherent in all human cultures. It is precisely these cultural differences that make any universal definition of love difficult to establish. See the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

Expressions of love may include the love for a 'soul' or mind, the love of laws and organizations, love for a body, love for nature, love of food, love of money, love for learning, love of power, love of fame, love for the respect of others, et cetera. Different people place varying degrees of import on the kinds of love they receive. Love is essentially an abstract concept, easier to experience than explain.

Some elements that are often present in interpersonal love:
Affection: appreciation of another
Attachment: satisfying basic emotional needs
Altruism: selfless or unselfish concern for another
Reciprocation: if love is mutual
Commitment: a desire to maintain love
Emotional intimacy: sharing emotions and feelings
Kinship: family bonds
Passion: sexual desire
Physical intimacy: sharing of intimate personal space
Self-interest: desiring rewards
Service: desire to help

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