“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” – Sophocles
“To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia.” – H.L. Mencken
“Sometimes love is stronger than a man’s convictions.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Loves makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston
So, What is Love?
Romantic love, next to whatever happens after we die, has always been one of mankind’s greatest mysteries. LOVE is difficult to define, differs from person to person, yet somehow is easy for all to recognize. You sure know when it hits you – not unlike the flu. For eons men and woman have philosophized about what love is, how it occurs, and why it’s necessary, rarely coming up with anything more useful than really cool comments like, “Love is friendship set on fire.” Such sentiments make good song lyrics and poetry, but are not much help from a psychotherapy perspective. Nevertheless, despite centuries of vain attempts to fully define it, there is no denying that love exists, and that it’s as natural and essential to most human beings as breathing, eating, and sleeping.
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