What is Love?

 
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lark2
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Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:03 am    Post subject: What is Love?

I've been reading an excellent book "The Art of Love" by Eric Fromm, he uses some ideas from social psychology and a psychological theory called object relations to demonstrate that people can develop unhealthy attachments or relationships and call them love when it isnt love at all.

People who think that falling in love and being in love means an unconditional obsessive devotion arent going to like this book, it could appear to put a bit of a dampner on the idea of le grande amor (an idea that I'm actually infavour of) but Fromm isnt meaning that. Simply that being in love does mean taking leave of your senses.

I've also read another book The Conditions of Love, its a philosophical book, I'm not sure of the authors name but I think its as good a book as Fromm's.

What does anyone else think about love and do you read about it? What books would you recommend on the topic?

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jerrym1976
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Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:07 pm    Post subject:

`books,
EVERY MANS BATTLE.
FLYING THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
FOR MEN ONLY
FOR WOMAN ONLY



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auditore316




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Joined: January 2, 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

`As far as "what is love?", I prefer the concept put forth by Steve Pavlina in his book "Personal Development for Smart People," in which love is a connection to someone or something. A bond, or attachment, if you will. It can be good or bad, but that's what it IS. For instance, when you love someone (friend, spouse, etc.) you are attached to them by way of some personal connection. The stronger the connection, the more love you feel for them, though it may express itself in different ways depending on the needs of the relationship.

To be in love with a thing is no different. You identify with it, sometimes to the point of obsession. And then the idea that God is all-loving simply means that God is intimately connected to all things, which makes sense, given the quantum entangled nature of the universe.

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