How Many Types Of LOVE Are There?

United States
September 26, 2009 9:14pm CST
A male friend of mine told me the other day that he believes there are two types of love, there is the type of love where you are "in love" with someone, meaning(according to him) that you fantasize about that person and could see spending the rest of your life with him/her. He says the other type of love is a "friendly" type, one in which you care about someone and want only the best for them. What do you think? How many types of "love" do you there there are? How would you describe love and the different types of love?
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@feodda (580)
• Philippines
30 Sep 09
There are 4 types of LOVE * Eros - a love of being in love. * Philia - a love of friendship * Agape - a love of God and christian value. * Affection - a love through familiarity.
@grey26 (254)
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
If you base it in a book , there are many types of love , love of god love of parents, love of friends etc.
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@Archie0 (4676)
28 Sep 09
There is only one real type of true love, it is a biological need that we have. It helps to ensure life itself, not only our own lives but of all life. That is why it feels so strong. I look at it as a gift of the evolutionary process.
• China
19 Oct 09
i want everlasting love,just live the rest of my life with my best lover!
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@shenqixu (130)
• China
17 Oct 09
i do not agree with you! there are so many type of love!! Three type of love are the most important! Family love, parents love for children, sons love for parents friendship love, the care and love between friends the love ( between man and woman)where you are in love with someone! All of them are necessarily for everyone fo us!! Cherish them!!!!
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• United States
3 Oct 09
I think there are many different types of love. There is the love you hae for your parents, children, brothers and sisters. You love your friends in a special way. There is that special love between a man and a woman. And there is love for that special friend that you are not married to but that you love a differet way.
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@quinnkl (1668)
• United States
29 Sep 09
I think there are many types of love. Love you feel for your significant other, children, family, friends, pets. There are many different types of love that we all feel for others. Aside from the love of a parent for their children, all types are just as important for all of us I believe.
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@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
28 Sep 09
I believe there are more than two types of love. And one of the ones your friend is calling love I wouldn't call love, but lust. There is the love between friends which I feel is completely different than the love between a parent and a child. The love between life partners, husband and wife, etc, is different yet. The love of an emotional nature is different than that of a spiritual nature. I believe some forms overlap relationship wise but they are still different. There is the love that is fiery and compassionate, but there is the love that is caring and concerned. Love adapts, changes, grows.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
27 Sep 09
In English the word love has many meanings, it is a very large word that covers many situations, I love my dog, I love my house, I love my family, I love my husband, I love my country. All of these and many more are different feelings for the same word.
@eshaan (6193)
• India
27 Sep 09
yes..love are of various kinds...lust is also a kind of lve..but that doesnt last long...and the other kind of love is eternal....this kindof love is forever and ever....
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27 Sep 09
Well Singlemommy there are two types of love as I see it. Conditional love and Unconditional love. You could say that when you fall in love it is conditional because it has to meet your expectations and the other persons as well. If it doesn't then one party or other is upset, confused, angry or fed up. I notice this with some of my single friends who are getting older and still searching for love. They meet someone but have already got a criteria which the unsuspecting new partner has to measure up to. Time and again he or she fails miserably and is soon sent on their way. I don't think that perfect match is out there - may be they would be better to settle for less? Most love is conditional even within families, marriages and civil partnerships. We are all humans and therefore full of needs which we hope will be met by those nearest and dearest to us. When they are not then things start to breakdown and anger, resentment and hurt start to set in. Not only have we to have our needs met but others have needs as well. So, hence we are doomed to live with conditional love. Unconditional love is selfless and focused on others. Their needs come first above our own. We all know of someone who always 'Thinks of others before themselves!'. To give unconditionally of our love is to open ourselves completely to another and it carries risks to us of being badly hurt, disappointed or even pushed aside. I often think my love for my grown children is unconditional as I love them whatever even when they are hurtful or thoughtless.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
27 Sep 09
...Hi singlemommy, In the romance department, your friend is certainly correct I think. But if you really think about it, there are so many different kinds of love. We love our family, we love some of our relatives :o), we love our friends, we love things, a new pair of shoes or a new dress, that tickle us to pieces. Our favorite food. Love takes any different forms in life. Romantically of course, we fall in love when our emotions take over, sometimes we don't even realize we have fallen "in love" as they say. Then there is the growing, comfortable closeness between two people that brings them to a state of pure contentment and happiness with someone that you care very, very much about, and want to hopefully spend the rest of your life with. Two people who want to try to do their best to make the other person as happy as they can be. Those who are blessed enough to find this in their lifetime are the lucky ones. Take care.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
27 Sep 09
I think the word "love" is a blanket word used to describe many different types of relationships. There is the love we feel for our children, our family, our spouse, our friends and even one more: food. I do love some foods. I couldn't honestly say that I just "like" them. No, I love strawberry shortcake and milk chocolate covered vanilla butter creams (like Mary Sue Easter eggs). I love a nice, thick, vanilla milkshake. I love shrimp scampi and steamed crabs. There may be an indefinite number of ways to use the word "love". I love my life, I love my home. I love seeing flowers poking their heads out of the dirt in the Spring. I love a summer rain. Yep, I don't think I could list every way to use that word.
@buenavida (7279)
• Sweden
27 Sep 09
In the Greek language there are at least four words for love. The romantic love is called Eros, friendship is called Philía, the love in the family, between children and their parents is called Storgé and the greatest kind of love Agape is the love built on principles, so that you can love even your enemies and people you don´t know. The original Greek Scriptures in the Bible uses the three last words in the text and knowing about their meaning, could make it easier to understand the Bible text.
@derek_a (10904)
27 Sep 09
As a Zen practitioner, I feel that there are three types of love. There is the basic, animal type of love (sexuality) and then on a "higher" level there is romantic love, where we care for another, and then as the Buddha said, there is compassion, where love is not based on need at all, but is based on sharing and giving. He went on to say that if you add meditation and contemplation for this sort of love, you have a true spiritual love. If we are to sit in meditation and focus on the word love, the word can become an experience, and that experience can be profound and beyond description. - Derek
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
27 Sep 09
There are indeed different kinds of love. There’s the love you have for your children, the special bond that you feel for your baby who is a part of you, there is the love you have for your family and friends and there is romantic love which will only be long lasting if both people share a deep friendship first.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
27 Sep 09
Hi, in my opinion are many kind of love; love for parents, with respect, love for kids with a lot of worm when feel responsability too, love for friends, and of course love for a man or a woman, and this love is so rare, who have this love in life, must keep it, because is hard to love somebody who are nor from family...at least is a stranger, for who you must to show all deeply feelings...
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@kerriannc (4283)
• Jamaica
27 Sep 09
Yes there are two type of love. One that you are in love where you have that deep inner feelings for the special person in your life. Then you have the Godly Love that you need to have for everyone.
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