The Nature of Love


The scientific study of love has increased considerably over the last two decades. Researchers have identified three primary types of love – romantic, sexual, and platonic – and nine secondary or tertiary types. While scientists still debate the exact nature of love, they agree that it is influenced by various hormones, neurotrophins, and pheromones. People’s conceptions of love also influence how they act in love. A conventional biological view states that love is a complex emotion with two main components: passion and intimacy. This view of love also takes into account additional religious and spiritual meanings.

The erotic form of love focuses on physical attraction and intense intimacy. This type of love tends to be less serious and involves game-playing. In addition, erotic lovers are unlikely to commit to a relationship and are more likely to end it. The storge type of love, on the other hand, is characterized by similarities in interests and preferences and is more stable than erotic love.

While love is hard and is not for everyone, it is very rewarding in the long run. In fact, people who are in love experience fewer doctor visits than those who don’t.