Understanding Love

My understanding of what love really means has tremendously changed over the past few years.

  • 7 years ago, in my school, if a classmate even speaks that word I used to watch him in amazement, following an exclamation.
  • 4 years ago, I had my first sight of what is called – love, in real life. That’s when I started to see some immature in-love couples (as they think so).
  • 2 years ago, well, it became quite common. Still, I thought of love as something bad, for no good reason.

Well, all of this is past. You might want to know what my current view of it is. There’s time for that, wait.

When a boy X, a classmate, says he loves his parents, you think of him as a good person. When the same X says he loves a girl, you get a somewhat bad picture of him, despite the fact you do love someone else.

Well, what is the reason for this confusion? I’ll tell you. All love is not the same. Love is not only some kind of attraction. What kind of attraction towards parents, eh? The solution to this confusion is classification of love.

Types of Love

Love can be categorized into 3 different types – Familial, Romantic and Platonic. The distinction is necessary to avoid any misconceptions regarding love. The main focus of this article is on platonic love, but I’ll be discussing them all.

Familial Love (Storge)

The quote below gives an extensive description of Familial Love

Storge or affection is a wide-ranging force which can apply between family members, friends, pets and owners, companions or colleagues; it can also blend with and help underpin other types of tie such as passionate love or friendship.

Storge is some kind of bondage between committed or married people.

Romantic Love

Romantic Love is the happy feeling from an attraction towards another person associated with love. That feeling is caused by the secretion of a hormone called Dopamine which can also be gained by taking sufficient amounts of Vitamin C, and E.

The distinction between Romantic Love and Platonic Love will be discussed in next subsection. Romantic love needs no special introduction, I guess. You’re already familiar with it.

Platonic Love

Platonic Love is named after Plato, a philosopher, who studied about the nature of Love. Platonic Love is the love between friends or some known people. It is also the love that a person shows towards people.

Platonic love is best defines as the form of love which is not romantic or familial.

Though there are other forms of love which I didn’t discuss, these are the forms of love that exist between two persons. I conclude this article by telling that you can pretty much love anyone, platonically.

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