Is Love really an emotion?

So is love really an emotion or are we fooling ourselves?

Some would say love is an emotion of great regard.
I’m not really believing this anymore. I’ve come to the conclusion that love is just a wrapper we place around a series of other emotions. Emotions that can change and fluctuate. After all I don’t love my girlfriend the way I love my son or my mother or my cat. They are all different, but they are all love.

So is love really an emotion itself, or is it a collection of other emotions like: lust, happiness, security, compassion, devotion and so on? 

0 thoughts on “Is Love really an emotion?

  1. Pfft, I totally love my boyfriend the same way I love my cat.
    Kidding.

    On a more serious note, I have no idea what love really is.

  2. I think love is a choice. To care when the emotions and the feelings are gone. When you love some one you care about them and you put them first.  Its something you give, with out expecting a return.

    oh me and my silly ramblings.

  3. I think love is the strongest of all emotions! The reason people often confuse love with other feelings is that Love comes in different intensities and for different reasons. So there are many levels of love. We love different things or people in different ways according to the level of devotion we feel for them.

    (Emotion: excitement, sentiment, passion).

  4. I am not sure love is so much an emotion as it is an action.  It may begin as feelings, but in order for it to be sustained it must become something we do to those we are committed to.  Love is a forgetting of self for the sake of someone else.  Hm. 

  5. Personally, in the context of relationships as you pose the question… LOVE is an action (verb), not an emotion (noun). It’s something you do. As in, I love my wife, mother, friends, and job… but it doesn’t have to be in the same way. To say that “LOVE is” something, stipulates it’s use as a noun. And to me, even this is not an emotion… it’s relative to the person using it and how they define it. Love to me may look very different than love to someone else. But it doesn’t make it any less LOVE.

  6. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

  7. i don’t mean to take the fun out of it, but i prefer to think of love as an action word.  otherwise, “i love you” has no verb, and that would be sad.

    see, “sad” is an emotion.  that’s why i don’t like it, so much.

  8. I haven’t been “in love”, but I have “loved”. I love my family and my friends, but when it comes to “being in love”, I find that lust keeps things a lot less messy. Then again…maybe that’s the reason I suck at relationships…

  9. I think I agree with most.  Love is an action based on all emotions brought forth by being with that person/animal (I love my kitty).  Love is a complex thing and yes it is an important thing in life.  To live life without love would be to not completely live.
    I really don’t think that anyone will be able to answer this, not now or ever.  Everyone loves differently and feels different things, so to actually answer this as a matter of fact, would be impossible.

  10. I believe love is a state of being and a condition.  It cannot be found in any one of the sub-emotions, because it is only found as a sum of those parts.  Of course, if it is ever found, I’ll have to change my mind about this to match what science shows.  But I really think it’s far from being understood.

  11. Love acccording to me is a super – powerful sensation – a feeling that can make you do things you  just can’t imagine yourself doing under normal condition.

  12. The Greek (classical) language is a very precise language. In the Greek there are 4 words for love: agape, philia, storge, and eros. If you ever read C.S Lewis, you should read his book The Four Loves you can get a very, very good explanation of these 4 loves. They are as follows:

    Agape love- friendship love

    Philia love- Brotherly love, or sisterly

    Storge love- This one is a very difficult one to have. It is an undying love, such as a husband and wife should have for each other.

    Eros love- This is the sexual love, better defined as lust.

    So that is what love is. At least in my never-to-be-humble-opinon ;-D

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