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"Four Types of Love Relationships"

What are the 4 Types of Love Relationships?

04 February
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As dizzying and blissful as love can be… it can also be confusing. Who do you love? Who loves you? Why does love sometimes feel like attraction, romance and commitment to one person, but simple platonic friendship to the other? Aren’t friends the ideal type of lover? Is friendship not love? Or is it simply a different type of love?

If you’re the analytical kind who enjoys thinking about esoteric concepts such as love, then wrap your brain around the different types of love as described by the ancient Greek philosophers.

Philia love is love based on friendship. Your “bestie” (same sex, opposite sex) and you may know this type of love which is the sheer enjoyment of each other’s company, pleasure of conversing and joking with one another, and enjoying activities together.

Stroge love refers to the type of familiar love that a mother has for her child, or family members have for each other. This is a tolerant, accepting and forgiving kind of love that grows from being around someone all the time and knowing them personally. Stroge love encompasses the various roles that family members play in their relationships with each other.

Erotic love comes from Eros, the Greek god of love. Some people confuse erotic love with lust, but these two feelings are not the same. Lust refers to sexual feelings or urges that can apply to any person at any time… just raw attraction and the urge to mate. Erotic love is attraction and passionate feelings that are exclusive to one person.

Agape describes the most universal and unselfish form of love. It is the type of love that perseveres against all odds – love that knows no ego, forgives all, and never gives up. Agape love is the most challenging, yet highest form of love to aspire to in relationships, particularly marriage.

 

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