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Love: Definition
Love: Definition
"Like" vs. "Love"
Types of "Love"
Attachment Styles
Current Research in the Field

The World of Social Psychology: Attachment and Relationships


What is love?

It's the butterflies in your stomach, the indescribable anticipation of that special somebody, the lingering feeling of weightlessness, and the longing to stem loneliness and cling to that one perfect thing which makes you whole. At the same time, it is none of the above.
Until recently, psychology had done liitle to clear up such confusion about the nature of love. How could it? How can science possibly put a definition to a concept that has escaped philosophers, poets, and star-crossed teenagers since before time began? So indescribable is love that even the dictionary takes several stabs at pinning it down. Even has 7 definitions, just attempting to explain the several degrees of love!
Along the lines of Freud and Watson, and particularly amongst the behaviorists, love is merely a sexually-driven response to stimuli. Many 20th century social psychologists will look upon love as being no more than an attitude towards a given person or thing -- a choice we make, if nothing else.
And what of the sociological perspective? Read on ahead to find out.... 

"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness." -- Friedrich Nietzsche