How Do We Define Love? What Are the Different Types of Love?

Love is the feeling that you give and receive or the feeling that someone gives and receives. It is also the awareness of the bond of love between two people, one who gives and receives love, and the other who receives it. In my opinion, love is more than a feeling; it is a practice that will bring about an emotional bond in your life with someone special.


Love encompasses a wide range of positive and powerful emotional states, from the strongest interpersonal bond or highest ideals, to the easiest natural, enjoyable pleasure. Love is also an attitude of gratitude toward someone or something. This sense of gratitude can be expressed both verbally and non-verbally–by raising one’s hand or arm, smiling broadly, laughing, and so on. Love is also about feeling beautiful, cherished, valued, accepted, and lovable. Love feels good; therefore, you are able to love someone and you will also enjoy being loved.

Love is a form of intimacy. Intimacy is the conscious recognition of another person or animal’s unique power, value, and position in the relationship. It is a state of being close, of sharing the same space, or body, as another person or animal. Intimacy is a union of the body, mind, and spirit. When we are close to others we begin to experience what Joseph Campbell called our “intimate feeling for others.”

The best definition of love is the “unconditional love of a friend.” Unconditional love: this means “there is no demand or expectation of repayment” (ibid). I would define true love as “the respect, caring, emotional support, and personal energy that a person gives another in return for that person’s respect, caring, support, and personal energy.” In my view, true love is the opposite of lust. True love gives a person respect, appreciation, and emotional energy.

The best definition of love includes feelings, which can be very powerful, yet even stronger than the physical aspects of relationships. Emotions are powerful when they are felt, accepted, and utilized in a healthy way, but emotions can get out of hand if they are used compulsively. These compulsions can negatively impact the physical health, and well-being, of a person. As well, compulsions can destroy relationships, marriages, and family.

Love is not always easy. It requires strong feelings, intimacy, respect, and protection from anger and aggression. We have to learn to be quiet and serene when we are in love. There are different types of love, although most of them begin with intimacy and caring. As you continue to read on, you will learn more about the different types of love, and how these different types of love include feelings, intimacy, respect, protection, and passion.

Finding or Fulfilling Your Need


Finding or Fulfilling Your Need

A need is a thing which is needed for an organism to survive. However, needs are different from desires. In the case of a desire, a lack of it causes an apparent bad outcome: disease or death. However, in the case of needs, there is no obvious need which could be satisfied.

One example of needs could be found by contrasting the need to eat with the desire to eat. If you want to eat something, you will have to search and discover what is available to satisfy your hunger. If you were given only cans of food, you could search until you found a can with the correct nutrition for your body. If you were given nothing at all, you would have to find some other thing to satisfy your hunger. This process takes time and it could be tedious.

On the other hand, if you desire to eat something, the hunger pangs are already known and you can find something which satisfies your need. It’s easy to locate. The difficulty comes in defining precisely what you need. You may desire to wear a particular dress, to eat healthy food, to write a letter, or to go to Europe. Yet, at the moment you don’t really need anything which would satisfy those needs.

So how do we define need and desire? The answer lies in psychology. In psychology, you need something which satisfies a need that you are failing to satisfy by using your imagination or your will power. If you are short of imagination, you will be inclined to use money to satisfy your need.

Conversely, a person who has enough imaginations will tend to use his will power to satisfy a need which he (or she) isn’t able to satisfy by thinking about it. A person with great imaginations, as the dictionary definition suggests, is “a person who has vast imaginations”. These people can do things that would seem impossible. For example: a person can conceive of an apple in his mind, and he can buy one in reality. It doesn’t really matter if the apple wasn’t available in real life – what matters is that the person made up his mind to buy it, in his imagination.

There is no way to predict exactly what you need. If you don’t know what you need, then you can’t satisfy it. Therefore, you must first determine your need and then use your imagination to find something which will satisfy that need. The most successful entrepreneurs, the people who have succeeded against all odds to satisfy need, have generally used their imagination to find or invent something that would satisfy that need.