More Than Just ‘I Love You’: 6 Awe-Inspiring Definitions Of Love

So much sweeter than the dictionary version. My psychoanalyst friend says that love is a strategy to fill the existential void of our lives. My brother thinks that we’re attracted to people who we think will make good babies. I asked a professor “What is love?” and was told that love is really just sex. There are so many different ways to think about romantic loving and how we end up choosing whom to say “I love you” to, and the science is not clear-cut. Romantic love is a complex web of lust, desire, passion, yearning, intimacy, among other things. So, what is the definition of love? Below are the six ways we define love (and romance!) in the Western world: 1. Love is salvation. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato described love as merging. In Symposium, an ancient book about love, the character Aristophanes explains that people used to be round creatures with four arms, four legs and two faces. They attacked the gods and as punishment, Zeus cut them all in two. Since then, people have desired their other half and yearn to grow back into their original whole. This myth encouraged the idea of romantic loving as a […]

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