What is Love
“What is love, baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more.” These are the lyrics by a famous band, Haddaway, but what is the meaning of this line?
When the word love is looked up in the dictionary, there are 28 different definitions of love. There is no one meaning; there are many forms and types of love. Love is often thought of as being an intense, emotional attachment toward a person or a thing. A person may show care for who or what they love and treat them, or it, with special needs.
Interpersonal love is love between two people. It influences peoples’ lives every day because it is a life experience felt by a person for another person. A person who loves someone shows it by their actions, such as opening a door for the person or buys them things and shows their care. This type of love is usually a romantic love; it is more intimate. They may share secrets and tell them things no one else knows. It can change a person’s life forever by making a life changing choice or a commitment, like marriage.
Another type of love is love for family and friends. People show this by spending time with them. They might have family dinners or go out to the movies together. People don’t spend time with people or things they hate or dislike. This is also interpersonal love.
Music, poetry, and painting are often inspired by love. It is a big influence on people’s lives. Music is often about love, and this causes people’s emotions to run. It gets them thinking about another person. Couples might have a “theme song” to their relationship because it has a meaning behind it that may remind them of a special time they had together. People can relate to the art, they can connect with the song, or poem.
The Definition of Love Love is a word used to describe perhaps the most powerful of emotions. People live, die, kill, save, travel to the other side of the world, walk next door, in the name of love. When you speak of love, I feel that you must speak of what one loves because it determines what kind of love that person is feeling. People can say "I love my wife, I love my brother, I love my ...
Advertisements, movies, magazines, and newspapers often display love. These types of media draw people to what they think the picture perfect love should be, but are they really sending the right message of love? Nowadays advertisements often show an intimate couple, causing people to believe this is what love is. In a Guess advertisement it shows a couple hugging one another, but it is an ad for jeans. This ad is showing off their jeans saying, “Hey, if you wear our jeans you’ll look good, and find love.” People start to believe that their physical appearance will make a person like them because they fit with the “in” crowd. Attraction then causes lust or sexual desire.
There are internet services such as match.com or eharmony.com that can find you a mate, or a person to love. It is almost a game to find love. “Use our site and you will find your soul mate,” claim the sites. People will display their most flawless pictures of themselves and will say whatever about them self that will make them sound intelligent or sophisticated, so when a person is searching for a match they may seem more interesting. Like when you are applying for a job or sending an application to college, you want it to be original or different than the others so that it stands out.
In reality the media is causing relationships to fail. Divorces are higher; teen pregnancies are higher. Maybe it is because of the media. When people believe they love someone they almost use another person as a trophy to show off because of their good looks and titles, thus, the divorce rates and pregnancies. Love can destroy a person’s relationship with a person. People who think they are in love believe it will last forever but it may be temporary and does not always work.
As humans we need love; it is part of our genetic make-up. There are chemicals in our bodies that cause us to want love. There are three biological steps to love: lust, attraction, and attachment. Lust is what causes humans to have a sexual desire or to mate. It causes us to release chemicals in our bodies such as estrogen and testosterone. It’s a drive for something. In terms of biology, it is claimed to be a mammalian drive, like when you are hungry or thirsty. Usually lust will only last a few weeks or months. Attraction, on the other hand is the want for another person. The person is attracted to another person romantically; they want more than to just be a friend, which eventually develop from lust. The person wants a connection with a commitment.
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According to neuroscience, people who fall in love are in love because the brain is releasing a chemical which indicates activity in the brain’s pleasure center and leads to side effects such as heart rate increase, or a loss of an appetite. For long term relationships, this is where attachment occurs. The commitment becomes serious and the people who love one another can be together a long time. A person who has an attachment may love another person, friend, or family member. They are comfortable with the person and feel they can even share secrets with the person because they have a trust that developed over time. Love is often different in different relationships because it influences people by their own deceptions of love. Often people will show love by doing them favors and giving themselves.
Psychology views love as a social phenomenon. Psychologist Robert Sternburg developed a triangular love theory. He believes that love has three components: intimacy commitment, and passion. Intimacy is usually between friends and romantic love affairs. The two people shares secrets, and are confident with one another. Commitment is expected to make the relationship permanent and passion is shown in infatuation, and so does romantic love.
Love in other cultures and religions are often viewed as selfishness or selflessness. Cultures such as the Persian believe love is everything and all is for love. It is the ultimate goal in life. Sa’di a symbol of love in Persia once wrote, “If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others, you are not worthy to be called by the name of man.” Many cultures use different words for different types of love. Ancient Greek uses the word Agape referring to a pure love and not just physical attraction. Eros is another word used by the Greeks, meaning passionate love. The Turkish concept of love can be love for a person, friend, or family but when they use the word ask it means love for only one other person; it is not the love a person feels for their parents. In English we have one word to cover multiple definitions, while other cultures have different words for the different meanings of love. A few of the definitions for the word love in English are, a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person, sexual passion or desire, and the affectionate concern for the well-being of others. If English had different words for love people wouldn’t have such a hard time using the word love.
How do you view yourself? How do others view you? Do you really care? The answers to all these questions are shaped by the culture you were raised in. for the most part, scientists agree that culture plays a very important role in how a person develops. A woman raised in India might grow up to be a traditional woman who marries young, works part time, and who devotes the majority of her life to ...
In Christianity love comes from God. Christians believe you should love God with all your heart, mind, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. They believe these are the two most essential things in life, which is in the Bible in the book of Mark. In the book of First Corinthians 13:1 it is said to be the love chapter in the Bible. Often referring to the poem written by an apostle it says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude or self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always preserves.” Christians believe that God is love. Since we are created in God’s image and God is love we should practice love, to give yourself unto him and to others. In Hinduism and Buddhism karuna is compassion and they believe people should help reduce the suffering of others, kind of like love your neighbor as yourself.
Love is a very complicated word and is a term with many functions. People just throw it around like any word or phrase and do not see it as an essential value. Love has very many meanings but within all these meanings and beliefs, love is about people and how we treat them.