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The Five Categories of Love

            I have been challenged to write and give my insight on what love is. Love is not as simple as it may seem to be. Love is one of the most complex yet most desirable action/emotion to give and receive. Everybody has felt it at one time or another, whether it is for a person, pet, or even a non-living object. Everybody has felt love. Love is rarely defined because everyone experiences it differently. What one person thinks is love, another may think is infatuation or vice versa. Depending on the person and situation love may take time to evolve. The best kind of love starts with a friendship. Love is personal, and the important thing is that it makes people feel good. When people love each other, there is no room for hate.
             Love is being there for someone through the rough times, bad times, and happy times. Love is keeping those promises you made to each other on your wedding day. Love is raising a child to be kind and to love others. Love is also helping those who are in need, maybe they just need a hug or a place to stay for the night, but love is being there for them at the worst of times. Love is going out of your way to make someone else happy. The words "I love you" is not the only way to show your love. There are so many simple little way to show love just by saying' "watch your step" or "have a good day." Those are also ways to show love. Love is caring for others. Now let me tell you what love is not. Love is not judgmental or pushy. Love is not giving up on a relationship just because things are getting "too hard" or "too serious". Love takes time, commitment, and patience.
             Love can be categorized into five different groups; Mania, Eros, Philos, Storge, and Agape. Mania can also be translated into infatuation or lust. This is the love of possession. This type of love is often abused in our society today. Many people throw around this kind of love saying things like, "I love my new shoes!" or "I love that color.

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