Love encompasses an array of alluring and powerful emotions, from the strongest personal virtue or healthy habit, to the sweetest emotional sensation, the clearest interpersonal bond. In the broadest sense, love encompasses the bond of two individuals who have come together in order to share their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and desires. This article briefly defines what love is and goes over some of the most common ways love is defined.
The most popular definition of love is a strong emotional feeling that arises from deep affection and a desire to return to a partner. While many people use different words to describe the sensation of love, it is essentially an intense, enduring feeling. This intense, enduring feeling can arise for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is that the emotional bond formed between two lovers has been torn by some sort of conflict. Some examples of conflicts considered to be a high risk include war, infidelity, and divorce. When lovers come together under these conditions, they are forced to put their feelings on the line and will naturally feel a wide range of emotions including love, fear, anger, and desire for revenge.
The next most common definition of romantic love is a deep and lasting emotional connection that is based on companionship. Most often this type of relationship arises from a deep personal connection or friendship. In some cases, however, romantic love may also develop out of other feelings such as envy, lust, or even jealousy. It is not uncommon for feelings of friendship to take the place of other more base feelings such as lust. However, most lovers begin to develop feelings for another person with whom they share a deep personal connection after they become romantically involved.
Romantic love includes strong feelings towards another individual as well as the feeling that one person is “number one” and special. These strong feelings often stem from self-worth or a lack of self-confidence that cannot be defined. Someone with low self-esteem feels that he or she is “less than” those with higher levels of self-esteem and often will develop strong feelings for someone who possesses much more than they do. This can lead to an admiration for the stronger person as well as feelings of envy or jealousy. After all, those who have the ability to excel in areas that they are less capable of are usually the most admired and respected.
People with very dominant feelings tend to put the feelings of others before their own and are more likely to engage in sexual behavior that is driven by feelings. For instance, a man who has intense feelings for a woman may find it difficult to resist the temptation to seduce her. He may think that this type of activity will enhance his relationship with her and that she will return the favor in the future. While this type of behavior may be harmless when it occurs in a public setting such as a restaurant, it can often lead to devastating consequences. Instead of allowing his feelings to guide him, a man should exercise better judgment and use his own sense of self-preservation and security before engaging in any type of physical intimacy.
Regardless of what your personal beliefs are regarding love, being able to choose which emotion your partner feels is a key component of healthy dating relationships. Knowing how to receive love from your partner and creating an environment where it is possible to feel loved in return is one of the many skills you can learn in relationship coaching. When you make an effort to become an active listener and a compassionate lover, your partner will likely return the favor and you will both feel loved and cared for.