When you think about love, different thoughts will come to mind. You might think about the people you love or things you love in your everyday life.
Feeling love is extremely special and it can transform the way we feel about our lives, which proves how incredibly powerful it is. When we feel love, we might feel as if anything is positive and we can achieve our dreams.
This feeling can come in many different ways and the Greeks have put love into four different categories.
What are the different types of love that we can all experience? Have a look at them below!
This type connects emotional and sexual passion together and is the kind of love many people search for in their lives.
Poets and Musicians have created songs around this intense feeling that gets them caught in an state of intense lust.
This feeling often occurs at the very start of a relationship where everything seems perfect and you might even believe this person can do no wrong.
Back in the day, the Greeks believed this isn’t the best type of love to experience whatsoever because it can be a little too fiery, which can completely take hold of someone.
This type of love brings a deep connection and loyalty to a relationship, meaning this can happen between friends who stay close for decades. We want to find people who we can share wonderful experiences with. To some of us, this type of love can hold a higher importance than Eros.
When you feel Phllia towards someone you know, it is very likely that you will want to help them through the difficult times but also celebrate their amazing accomplishments.
There is a different type of Phillia, which is called Storge and this is the love between family. Some people might feel like their friends are their family and visa versa, which means this type of love can last a lifetime.
This type of love is often experienced by young children or new lovers because it is so playful.
It can involve the need to impress the other person and this might see you even teasing someone to get a little closer to them.
People often say that if a man or woman makes fun of you in a subtle, non offensive way, it means they are feeling Ludus towards you.
This type will probably take place before Eros because it’s the time where you’re getting to know someone a little better.
This is a wonderful type of love that sees you doing great things for other people’s benefits.
For example, you might choose to help an elderly person with their shopping bags or you might even take part in a fundraising event.
Caring about people you don’t know can be difficult and many of us need the emotional connection to do this. If you struggle with this type of love, trying doing a simple good deed instead to start with.
This type of love is seen as one that has reached it’s maturity because it’s passed many of the different stages which can see a break down between two people.
Once the excitement and passion dies down a little, many people in relationships can become bored whereas others develop Pragma which is the type of love that is very deep within your heart.
If you are in this type of partnership, you will have to show flexibility, patience and tolerance due to many different ups and downs you and your loved one can go through.
This type of love is the one many people struggle with the most throughout their entire lives. It can mean you have no confidence whatsoever or you have a little too much. Getting the right balance can prove to be difficult and might see our relationships around us change because of it.
People often get into relationships for self validation which is to prove they are good enough or to just prove that they can get anyone they wish. Both can be toxic because we all need to learn how to be happy with ourselves whilst remaining grounded and respectful of others.
Which of these types of love are you currently experiencing? Comment below, we’d love to know!