Love Emotional State
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- See: Joy, Affection, Interpersonal Attraction, Attachment (Psychology), Virtue, Kindness, Compassion, Familial Love, Friendship, Empathy, Romance (Love).
- (Wikipedia, 2014) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/love Retrieved:2014-6-8.
- Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection ("I love my mother") to pleasure ("I loved that meal"). It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection — "the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another".  It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one's self or animals. Ancient Greeks identified four forms of love: kinship or familiarity (in Greek, storge), friendship (philia), sexual and/or romantic desire (eros), and self-emptying or divine love (agape).  Modern authors have distinguished further varieties of romantic love.  Non-Western traditions have also distinguished variants or symbioses of these states. This diversity of uses and meanings combined with the complexity of the feelings involved makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts. Love may be understood as a function to keep human beings together against menaces and to facilitate the continuation of the species.
- Oxford Illustrated American Dictionary (1998) + Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (2000)
- Merriam Webster Dictionary
- Fromm, Erich; The Art of Loving, Harper Perennial (1956), Original English Version, ISBN 978-0-06-095828-2
- C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves, 1960.
- Stendhal, in his book On Love (Paris, 1822), distinguished carnal love, passionate love, a kind of uncommitted love that he called "taste-love", and love of vanity. Denis de Rougemont in his book Love in the Western World traced the story of passionate love (l'amour-passion) from its courtly to its romantic forms. Benjamin Péret, in the introduction to his Anthology of Sublime Love (Paris, 1956), further distinguished "sublime love", a state of realized idealisation perhaps equatable with the romantic form of passionate love.
- (J. Mascaró, translator)
- Helen Fisher. Why we love: the nature and chemistry of romantic love. 2004.
- (Solomon, 1988a) ⇒ Robert C. Solomon. (1988). “About love: Reinventing romance for our times. Simon and Schuster, 1988.