Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Different aspects of love

The different aspects of love can be generally illustrated by comparing their corollaries and opposites. As a common look of positive sentiment (a stronger form of like), love is commonly contrasted with abhorrence (or neutral apathy); as a less sexual and more shared and "pure" form of romantic connection, love is generally contrasted with lust; and as an interpersonal relationship with idealistic overtones, love is normally contrasted with friendship, although other connotations of love may be applied to close friendships too.

The very continuation of love is sometimes matter to debate. Some unconditionally refuse the notion as false or meaningless. Others call it a recently-invented abstraction, sometimes dating the "invention" to courtly Europe for the period of or after the middle Ages. Others keep that love truly exists, and is not an abstraction, but is inexpressible, being effectively spiritual or metaphysical in nature. Few psychologists keep up that love is the action of lending one's "boundary" or "self-esteem" to another. Others try to define love by applying the meaning to daily life.

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