6 Types Of Romantic Love: What Category Do You And Your Lover Fall Into?
Ask a romantic and they’ll say there’s only one form of love worth talking about: true love. However, psychologists view matters of the heart more pragmatically and actually think there may be six different styles of love. In a recent article published on The Conversation, Rachel Grieve, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Tasmania, explained the six love types so you can better understand which category you and your sweetheart may fall into.
As Grieve explains in her essay, she’s not the first to propose that there are several different types of love. In fact, she says this idea dates back to the ancient Greeks. In addition, you aren’t necessarily locked into one “category” of love with your lover, and most individuals will fluctuate throughout their relationship.
This form of love is the fairytale head-over-heels love many of us experience in adolescence. Eros love is highly driven by physical attraction. Unfortunately, it is also not very strong as individuals in this category are more likely to run from lover to lover in order to keep this feeling fresh.
When the butterflies of eros love have faded, you may be lucky enough to end up with storge love. This love is stable and values psychological closeness and trust over physical attraction.
Unfortunately, all is not fair in love and war, and ludus lovers are in it to win it. According to Grieve, these competitive lovers have low levels of commitment and high levels of infidelity. They enjoy the thrill of the chase, which makes them exciting hookups, but not very reliable if you are looking for anything further.