Many are the poets, singers or philosophers who have carried out their own definition of the concept that now occupies us, love. A term whose etymological origin is found in Latin and more specifically in the word love.
Being such an abstract and complex subject, it is difficult to establish a precise definition of the love. However, it can be considered as a set of behaviors and attitudes that are disinterested and unconditional, and that are manifested among beings that have the ability to develop emotional intelligence.
This means that love can only be experienced by human beings, although other species are also capable of establishing emotional tieslike dogs, horses or dolphins.
For instance: “Dante confessed to me that he feels great love for my sister”, “I assure you that this is the best demonstration of love you can give me”, “No couple can sustain themselves without love”, “The love between a father and his son is incomparable”.
In everyday language, love is often directly associated with romantic love, which supposes a passionate relationship between two persons. However, the term can be applied to other types of relationships, such as family love, the platonic love and other broader senses (love to God or love of nature). In all cases, love represents a feeling of great affection.
Thus, we could carry out a series of sentences that serve as examples of the various types of love. In this way we could expose the following: “Juan and Lucía got married out of love”, “Isabel’s gaze towards her son was a sign of the pride and love of a mother she felt” or “Manuel wanted to enter the seminary to begin to work as a priest as a sign of his love for God ”.
Love is not a biological concept. Various expressions related to love, both in human beings and in other species, are not related to survival. In this way, we can mention sexual relations without reproductive purposes and altruistic behaviors.
It should be noted that different scientific studies have found correlative links between the amount of hormones (dopamine, serotonin, etc.) present in the body and the states that qualify as loving (passion, carnal desire, etc.).
In this sense, it should be noted that this explanation would be closely related to what is known as that “love is blind.” And it seems that the revolution experienced by our hormones and the sensations that they make us live when we are with the person we have fallen in love with does not allow us to see reality as regards, for example, how It is our partner or the relationship that we are living.
From the psychology, Robert J. Sternberg has pointed out three components of love: intimacy (those feelings that promote closeness), passion (a strong desire for union) and commitment (to preserve and reproduce love).
Finally, we have to underline that we currently use a large number of expressions that use the term love as an integral part. Among them would be “free love” which is one in which the people who live it do not impose any sentimental bond or commitment because basically what they do is enjoy the sexual relations they have.