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7 Types of Love - Agape

Agape [love for everyone]: Also known as selfless and unconditional love, Agape is universal love, such as the love for strangers, nature, or God. This is the highest and most radical type of love according to the Greeks, it is the purest form of love that is free from desires and expectations, and love regardless of the flaws and shortcomings of others. Over the last decade, with the steepest fall in the planet health, and rise of hatred toward strangers, we urgently need to revive our capacity to Agape nature and strangers.

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7 Types of Love - Philautia

Philautia [self-love]: The Greeks understood that in order to care for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This form of self-love is not the unhealthy vanity and self-obsession one. Instead Philautia shares the Buddhist philosophy of “self-compassion” which...

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7 Types of Love - Eros

Here is how the Greeks described the different varieties of love that we all experience at some point in our lives:

1. Eros [sexual passion]: Named after the Greek god of fertility, this kind of love represents the ideal of ...

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Love Is All Around us

While we only have one word for LOVE, the ancient Greeks in their pursuit of wisdom and self-understanding found seven different varieties of love.

Most of us intend to be compassionate beings, yet our hectic schedules can often get in the w...

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7 Types of Love - Pragma

Pragma [long standing love]: Making compromises and showing patience. This kind of love teaches you to make an effort to give rather just receiving it. Pragma is a love that has aged, matured and developed over time. It is beyond the physical, it has tran...

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7 Types of Love - Philia

Philia [deep friendship]: This type of love is all about loyalty and comradeship. It encompasses a brotherly love that shows a mutual compassion and respect. Plato felt that physical attraction was not a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word p...

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7 Types of Love - Ludus

Ludus [playful love]: A playful affection between children or subtle flirtation for casual lovers. The type of affection and innocence we feel in the beginning stages of love. Playfulness in love is an essential ingredient that is often lost in long-term ...

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7 Types of Love - Storge

Storge [familial love]: is a natural form of affection that flows between parents and their children. Storge is the fondness born out of familiarity or dependency and, unlike Eros or Philia, does not hang on our personal qualities. Storge is a powerful fo...

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Is Love Enough?

The message from the Greeks is to nurture the varieties of love and tap into its many sources. Start by Philautia so you do not just seek Eros, but cultivate Philia by spending more time with old friends, call your Mom/Da...

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The Greek Definition of Love

The Greeks categorized love into three types:

  • Philia: The love of material things and friends.
  • Eros: Physical love, lust, love of the senses
  • Agape: Godly or fatherly unconditional love.

A Definition of Love

Years of pop culture exposure, in which love has been depicted in a perfect way, we have an idealistic and black-and-white understanding of love.

Real love is accepting someone with all the flaws that come with them, with no conditions.

Signs of Love

Signs of Love

According to researchers, romantic love is made up of three elements:

  • Attachment: Needing to be with another person and desiring physical contact and approval
  • Caring: Valuing the other person's happiness and needs as much as your own

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