What is Love?

Baby, don’t hurt me.     Ha! 
But really, let’s take a look at love: what it is and how we experience it.

The definition of love can be said to be a set of emotions and behaviors characterized by intimacy, passion, and commitment. It involves care, closeness, protectiveness, attraction, affection, and trust. In this definition, we see that Love is both a feeling and an action – realizing this is important in any relationship, but especially in a romantic partnership or marriage.

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When we first experience love, the hormones in our brain release chemicals that can make us feel euphoric, excited, happy, and sometimes even sick! But like anything that stokes the fires of our brains and hearts, it can be complicated and messy, affectionate or enduring, or sweet and innocent – but most of all, it’s a powerful human emotion that many of us can’t get enough of! Many a philosopher and poet throughout human history have both praised and loathed it. 

Love can vary in intensity over time and we typically think of love in a romantic setting first. But, we humans can experience eight types of love in our lives within various relationships, such as romantic partners, friends, family, and even strangers. Understanding the types of love you feel and the catalyst for it, will help you distinguish and define types you experience and ways to manage, promote, and change your reaction to it. 

Last night, I finished an entire lesson on the eight types of love. It’s lesson one in a multi-lesson program delving into and restructuring our views of love and how we experience love. In learning about love and what it means to feel love and nurture it, it’s my hope that you are able to foster more of love in your life.

If you’d like to know more about my programs, please send me an email to admin@atxpolycoaching.com and we can discuss how I can be of assistance as you navigate your love life and relationships.

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