Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Psychology of L.O.V.E.

Back in high school I took Psychology and one of the things I clearly remember is that chapter from the book where all the scholars try to explain what love is from the scientific point of view and how the mind and body react to it.


Coincidentally, the other day I found {and can't remember where!} the different styles of love people feel according to John Lee who organized them in the same way the color wheel is organized.


Eros: the love for an ideal person, a passionate physical and emotional love based on aesthetic enjoyment; stereotype of romantic love.


Ludus: Love as a game, a love that is played as a game or sport; conquest; may have multiple partners at once


Storge: Love as friendship, love that develops slowly from friendship, based on similarity


Mania: obsessive love, obsessive love; experience great emotional high and lows; very possessive and often jealous lovers


Pragma: realistic and practical love, love that is driven by the head, not the heart; undemonstrative


Agape: selfless love, selfless altruistic love; spiritual

I guess this post would've been more appropriate for Valentine's day but a little love info is good any time of the year... By the way, isn't it crazy {no pun intended!} how psychologically we fit in one or two of those categories at some point?

Have a great and lovely {pun intended!} day!

47 comments:

  1. I was just thinking that! I was like, "Man, I kind of fit each of these depending on the time of my life and who I was with." Great great post. So fun to learn more about ourselves, even if it's just speculation.

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  2. mmm. I always like hearing about this kind of stuff in Psych classes. Part of the reason I'm a psych major!

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  3. Aww the pictures are really, really cute! xoxo Minnie&Daisy

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  4. Beautiful...I'll take the last kind of love :) Have a sweet day!! xx

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  5. This is interesting. I think it's funny one is called mania but it's description fits well. :)

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  6. This is such a brilliant post, I love this insight into the styles of love and I can relate to everything you've summed up. I actually know people who fit each one of these descriptions perfectly.

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  7. Adorable photos, they all are so cute and romantic!:) Kisses!:) xoxo

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  8. What a wonderful post. I love reading all the different types of love.

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  9. I've experienced a few of these too. Happy to be in the Storge/Agape camp now!

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  10. A post on love is always good - no need to limit the love to Valentine's Day!
    Much love,
    B

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  11. Very interesting! Not long ago my grandmother sent me an email about the different kinds of love, if you can believe. It actually had to do with the words and Greek which she is, but that's another story....

    Loved this. :) xoxo

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  12. So interesting!! I loved taking a moment to think about the different kinds of love. xx

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  13. Such a sweet post, it certainly made me think about my kind of loving! thanks for sharing xoxo

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  14. This is a sweet post. Thanks for sharing :)

    PS. I'm following you now :)

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  15. Oh I LOVE this post (no pun intended either)...but it's so neat getting the "background" on love. xo

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  16. Super cute post! I was a psych major in college and I loved this section in my marriage and family class!

    xx
    Giovanna
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  17. So interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Sometimes, I wish that I would have studied psychology more in college. I took two classes, and I absolutely loved them.

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  19. Love is strange, love is crazy, love is fun and love is so IMPERFECT!

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  20. This is so interesting! How funny.
    xo Josie
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  21. I love this–there were a few types I'd never heard of!

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  22. This is very interesting!
    I nevere heard of all these types of love!
    Very nice post, dear!
    xxx
    S

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  23. Interesting! xoxo
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  24. Based on this post alone I am now following you. Simply beautiful. The pictures and the thoughts behind them were perfect.
    -Jenny
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  25. LOVE this post! I never knew about the different types of love. THAT is why I love blogging and reading posts. I learned so much from this. Ohhh gosh I'm still searching for Agape love. HAHAHA I've seen and experienced some of the rest. HAHAHA BTW you ALWAYS have interesting topics. Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading them.
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  26. This is a beautiful post!!! Yayyy for love!

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  27. This is most definitely one of my fave posts in a long time... Beautiful, dreamy imagery too! I also took psychology too. re: Dawns comment it wouldn't surprise me if the man told me all the different types of words to describe different types of love in Greek too!
    x.o.x.o

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  28. I've become a bit of a pragma but must transform myself into a storage (?)

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  29. Ok, here's the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_words_for_love

    Mr. is still going on and on about the different meanings for x, y & z... very "My Big fat Greek Wedding" lol!
    x.o.x.o

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  30. What a beautiful post...Love is for all year 'round!

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  31. Great post! I really enjoyed reading it!

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  32. beautiful. love that last image especially.

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  33. yes, i've definitely gone through a couple of these categories. i remember being taught about Eros and Agape...those must be the loves that I know.

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  34. Love it! Pun totally intended ;-) Yep, I can see myself in two of these - though I'll keep which ones to myself ;-) Have a lovely evening xo

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  35. I like to think my husband has manic love for me. Ha...ha!

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  36. Wow, who knew love was so complicated!

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  37. The psychology of love is quite complex!
    rolala loves

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  38. So inspiring and complicated all at once!

    oxoxox from San Francisco
    Amy
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  39. What an awesome post...I've yet to find the love of my life.

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  40. such a cute post! love is such a tricky tricky thing but so worth it <3 hautepinkpretty.com

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  41. Wonderful post. I loved learning about the different types of love and all of the pictures are amazing.

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  42. I used to teach this stuff in Psych. Now I miss lecturing. But you're right, a little love is good any time of the year <3

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  43. I loved this post- brought back my psychology lectures at uni! Really interesting.

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  44. i love the different loves! agape has to be one of my favorites.

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  45. I'm intrigued by this concept of ludus...

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