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 .
perceives it to be.
Through the ages, thinkers and writers have attempted to solve the .
mystery of love. Myths, poetry and novels have the longest history of recording the idea .
of love. For example, the Sumerian and Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh goes back to 2000 .