Did you know that there were 9 different types of love?
We all experience love differently. I often say that a couple are two people forming a new entity and that this entity is therefore always unique… and can take different forms! There is no “good” or “bad” way to love, what matters is that both partners find their groove and are allowed to bloom within the relationship. Let’s go through the different types of love together. We counted 9 :
9 different types of love
Passion come from “Pathos”, the greek word for pain, ordeal… You can imagine the carnage this kind of relationship can lead to. Passion is beautiful, strong, intense… at the beginning of a relationship! But be careful! Because if you go on like this for months or even years, you will be at each other’s throats. In fact you won’t tolerate the other’s absence, you will always need to be glued together, to know what the other is up to… And if, God forbid, one of you breaks loose in the slightest of ways, the other will feel empty and wrecked. Passion is good from time to time, I can only but recommend to live moments of insane love, but also to remain independent. Don’t live for and through the other.
Experiencing passionate love is living in the constant fear of losing the other and of not being able to find happiness without him/her.
It’s often the case for couples in which one manipulates the other. It can be narcissistic perverts or even violent men. In this kind of relationship, one will seek to take power over the other, to control him and to make him his puppet. Most of the time, the “submissive” isn’t conscious of the infernal situation and will always look for his own faults. He will then try to tend to his “tormentor”‘s every need, whom he will of course not see in such a way.
It’s a thoughtful and tender love that rejects any intimate and carnal consideration in the couple. It is a completely different intimacy that is experienced by the couple, who favors the sensitivity of words, the attention of gestures and the sweetness of exchanged looks over intimate relations (it is of course still possible to kiss). Platonic love is one of the most innocent forms of love, it symbolizes chastity, purity and is known as ” the most poetic and powerful of loves”… if the consent is mutual, goes without saying!!!
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If platonic love is respectful, respectful love isn’t necessarily platonic! In this kind of relationship, mutual respect and harmony of the souls are at the center of things. This kind of couple is very autonomous, which gives great freedom to both partners, a freedom based on total trust in one another. It’s a beautiful love, yet sometimes difficult to reach, that suits those who wish to keep their independence, even when in a couple.
A perfect example of one way love, even more so than dominant/dominated love! This inaccessible love, almost everyone of us has known it, especially during our childhood or teenage years : falling crazy in love with someone out of our reach, wether because of distance, age, social status or any other criteria.
A teacher, a movie star, a famous singer… It’s a fantasized love which we know to be impossible but that still keeps the dream alive… It’s all but a bad thing so long as that love doesn’t become an obsession and makes you suffer.
It’s a less frequent form of love, and yet it’s a thing : we talk about this kind of love when one of the partners wishes to give more than he receives. The said partner chooses to form a couple with a person who needs help both physically and psychologically.
Altruistic, he/she will do everything within his power to make this person’s life more beautiful and pleasant, and will do so whatever some people who can be disturned by a couple that isn’t “within the norm” may think (“what is he/she doing with this person, he/she deserves so much better!”).