Love (l v) n. deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a
person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense
of underlying oneness. A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person with
whom one is disposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance. (Webster's
Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc). There are many
different definitions of love. To each person it is different, but most agree it is one of
the most important emotions to the each creature on this earth. There are also many
different forms of love. For instance, love for your family versus love for a mate. It
is still a mystery to most people why people do crazy things for love, or why people
feel love "conquers all .
Definitions of love go as far as Greek mythology. For example, the story of Cupid
and His mortal Bride Psyche. There are many explanations on how love exactly came to
mean what it does. According to John Lee there are 6 different types of love. 1. Erotic
love: romantic, sexual irrational, and largely based on physical attraction. 2. Manic
love: intense, all consuming, possessive, and fluctuating between joy and despair.
3. Ludic love: egoistic, self-serving, competitive, and based on an unequal relationship
between one partner who is highly committed and another who is emotionally
uninvolved. 4. Pragmatic love: a rational, practical, fair exchange between two carefully
matched partners. 5. Storgic love: the companionate, stable love that emerges from a
relationship between friends. 6. Agapic love: the altruistic devotion of one partner for
the other. Many people have theories, but overall love is whatever the actual individual
Through the ages, thinkers and writers have attempted to solve the
mystery of love.