Defining ‘Love’ – What do I Need to Know?

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What I Know:

  • My Definition- Love is a deep, personal feeling of attachment and emotion towards a person, object, idea, etc. Love is felt deep within a person’s soul and is unique for every person in each and every scenario. It is a desire and passion above anything else, taking ‘like’ to new levels.
  • Dictionary.com Definition- A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person; A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection; sexual passion or desire; Beloved person; Sweetheart.
  • Love can bring up feelings of pure joy and happiness, or it can raise emotions of unhappiness and grief. Whether positively or negatively, love has had an impact on every person in the world, and everyone can relate somehow.

What I Want to Know:

  • History of the word love
  • Different emotions and personal meanings associated with the word/idea of love
  • Different uses and interpretations of love — everyday use vs. significant meaning
  • Variation through different cultures, religions, households, etc.
  • Different definitions of the word love
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  1. I think that using the variation of the word through different cultures, religions, and households is a really great idea! Maybe even consider how the word differs from male to female? I think that people throw the word around a lot to, maybe, get something that they want. Love can be used as a very manipulative word/feeling.
    Ideas/suggested subtopics:
    –Loving things rather than people.
    –The difference between family love and significant other love could also be a great path to take for part of the essay.
    –An idea to make the essay more researched based rather than personal would be taking the approach to explaining what the feeling of love biological/chemically means. Here is a link to a book that you could use as a source titled, “The Origins of Love and Hate”: http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=QFV5TsZYsTkC&oi=fnd&pg=PR14&dq=what+causes+the+feeling+of+love&ots=lNXl8YTAAd&sig=xvDIdU7L3CMg7HWtDhmKF1fibGc#v=onepage&q=what%20causes%20the%20feeling%20of%20love&f=false
    — Can love be ignored? Can someone purposefully ignore the feeling or is it overwhelming and maybe not always by logical choice?
    –Consider love vs. sex. Why do some people call it making love? Here is an article through umich library that talks about all that: (This seems like a great source!) http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1995-98918-000
    The article also touches on culture and they compare biological to societal.

  2. Becca, I think you have a great topic and I think there are a couple areas which you could expound upon. Maybe you could delve into the differences between familial love, friendly love, and love with a significant other. You could also discuss how people often mistake sex or attraction for love. Also because this topic is more emotional than technical, perhaps you could add some of your own personal narratives to the paper to make it more relatable to the reader.

    Here’s a song that depicts the emotions of love

    A psychologist’s take on the word “love”
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/love-without-limits/201111/what-is-love

    Different types of love as shown in the Bible
    http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/tp/Love-In-The-Bible.htm

    What constitutes as love for Americans vs Europeans
    http://www.livescience.com/15641-americans-love-slowly.html
    http://www.livescience.com/15671-cross-culture-romantic-love.html

  3. Hey Becca,
    I find this topic really interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading it soon. I know love is a commonly used term that is tossed around very easily, and is also a very confusing term. I’d like to know when you think is the appropriate time to use it, and if there were personal experiences where you experienced what you think is love. (family, friends, relationships)

    I just wanted to share with you a popular definition of Love, that is commonly used around in weddings and in relationships. It’s actually a verse from the bible.

    1 Corinthians 13:4-8
    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away

    Also, another suggestion I have is to use popular Romance films that try to show the definition of love. I don’t know exactly which one, but maybe the Notebook or even Friends with Benefits.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332280/

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1632708/

    Hope this might in some way help you with your essay!
    (sorry for the short comment, it was my second one)

    -Charlie Park

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