Here you will find articles that help you understand how love impacts our lives, whether that’s romantic love or the warmth you feel towards family and friends; these are some of the deep connections that love fosters. It is an essential part of the human experience that we learn to value as young as infancy as late as our senior years.
Love is a deep feeling of affection that we feel for another human being. It’s a profound emotion that we have as people. Love can be overwhelming, euphoric, painful, tragic, exhilarating and beautiful all at once. The ancient Greeks broke down love into several different categories. There’s Storge: Familiar affection. Storge is the sort of love a parent has for their child. Philia: the love of friendship Eros: Sexual love or attraction, Agape: unconditional or universal love for all living things. Agape is also known as divine love, Ludus: flirtatious or playful love, Pragma: is a developed love where two people have a shared goal. It’s the love of committed long-term relationships, such as marriage, and finally Philautia: self-love, because loving yourself is extremely important to live a happy fulfilled life.
The Origin of Love
The first people to show us what love is are our parents or guardians. Whoever cares for us at a young age demonstrates what love is, and how we can give and receive it. When love is given freely, a child feels safe, protected, valued, and understood. Children model how to give love from their parents or guardians. If these primary caregivers don’t show their young love, then the children grow up not knowing what love is or how to express it. It can result in attachment disorders and other mental health issues. If you weren’t shown how to love as a child, and you were neglected, it’s important to seek therapy to talk about that trauma you experienced from being emotionally neglected. The scars of emotional neglect can be profound, and if left untreated, the individual will suffer alone and in relationships with loved ones. That’s why seeing a mental health professional is extremely important.
Love and Acceptance
We want to be accepted for who we are, and a large part of love is acceptance. We want to be seen for true selves. And when you love someone, you’re seeing them for their authentic self. You appreciate them and value them for their strengths and their flaws. One of the advantages to seeking a life partner is finding someone who views you as the beautiful person you are, and is willing to weather the good times and the bad times and love you no matter what. It’s not easy to accept another person for their flaws. People can be difficult to deal with at times, and there are moments where you want to give up. But with the right person, the hard times are worth it. You accept your partner for who they are, and they accept you for you. Acceptance is a significant part of love and being in love.
Love is a beautiful emotion that all human being can experience. There’s nothing like the feeling of being in love with someone. As we established there are many types of love, one of which is romantic. People seek out a relationship so they can fulfill the need for a partner. Spending your life with another person who loves you is meaningful, and that’s the crux of romantic love. You’re more likely to have a stable long-term relationship with a partner if you formed healthy attachments as a child, as mentioned above; however, if you have trauma from your childhood, you can work on those issues with a therapist so you can begin to form lasting healthy romantic relationships.
You might not know why you’re having trouble finding a romantic partner, or maintaining a long-term romantic relationship. That’s why talking to a licensed therapist can help. Online counseling is an excellent place to talk about your issues with love. Maybe you need to discuss trauma from your childhood that made you afraid to love. Perhaps you had a bad breakup or divorce that made your fearful to enter into a new relationship. It might be that you’re ready to find love, but you don’t know where to look. An online therapist can help you explore your concerns surrounding love and being loved by others. You deserve to be loved and find someone who understands and appreciates you. Search the network of online counselors at BetterHelp and find one who fits your needs.