The Definition of Love


Love is one of the most intense emotions and feelings that humans can experience. It has been the subject of many poems, songs, and novels throughout history. It’s also a complex feeling that can be different in each relationship and situation. It can be a source of joy, happiness, frustration, and even anger at times. Despite its complexity, it’s something that every person can feel for someone else.

The definition of love varies depending on who you ask, but it’s usually described as a strong affection for another that’s mutual and often sexual in nature. It’s also been linked to a sense of belonging, loyalty, and commitment.

Some definitions of love focus on how it’s a special kind of emotion, while others try to explain how the feelings are generated. It’s been suggested that love is more than just a feeling, and that it requires both a commitment to the loved one and a recognition of their value as a person.

However, how exactly this happens isn’t clear, and it can be difficult to distinguish between a commitment to a person and simply loving them for their qualities as a person. Some theories, such as Velleman’s, argue that the love of a person consists of a certain kind of response to them as people that can’t be reduced to just concern, attraction, or sympathy.

This is a problem that’s related to the difficulty of making sense of love’s intuitive “depth”. It seems that any attempt to describe the components of this response must inevitably involve reducing it down to a simpler kind of evaluation. However, whether such a reduction is possible is also unclear.

Other theories suggest that the kind of evaluation that love involves is a combination of appraisal and bestowal. This is because, as Singer argues, the love of a person consists of both finding valuable properties in that person and giving them value through one’s attention and committed appreciation of them.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the nature of this commitment to a loved one is what makes it unique in comparison to other types of affection or friendship. It’s a commitment that’s both demanding and rewarding, and it’s not always easy to understand or justify.

So if you’re feeling that giddy rush when they’re around and you’ve got their quirks down pat, then it might be time to consider them as your forever person. Just be sure to take things slowly and give them the chance to show their true colors, too. After all, they’re human, and they might just have a habit that drives you insane, too. Just don’t let that ruin your bond. Deakin University provides funding as a member of The Conversation AU.