Valentine’s Day is usually the day in which we showed our love for someone more prominently. However, it is not the only day to deliver your heartfelt confessions. You can show your love and affections for someone on days outside of that romantic / single awareness day. This is because love comes in various forms and you can find them close by. Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, let us discuss the 6 types of love that we may encounter in life.
Agape : The Selfless Love / The Love of The Soul
Agape is a form of unconditional love. It is the closest form of unconditional love because this form of love does not seek for any returns. To find this form of love, you do not need to look far for it. The love between your parents and you is a great example of unconditional love. This is because parents would love their child / children unconditionally and only wants the best for them. Aside from parents, this love can also be shown to a friend or a romantic partner.
Eros : The Sexual Love / The Love of The Body
Eros, is the more intimate of it’s selfless sibling, Agape. It involves a more sexual and passionate form of love. Being the opposite of Agape, eros is defined as the divine beauty or lust. This form of love involves sexual attractions between beings on a more physical level.
Ludus : The Playful Love
Ludus is the most playful one among its other amore siblings. Ludus is the Latin word for ‘play, sport or game’. Like the meaning of the Ludus, people with this form of love views Love as a game or sport ( usually in a child-like or fun manner ). Why is called a game? This is because people who pursue ludic love may not show any form of commitment towards the relationship and lying is part of this love equation.
Philia : The Love of The Mind / Friendship
The other side of phobia, Philia is often translated as ‘friendship’ or affection. Unlike its selfless sibling, philia has a “dispassionate virtuous love”. As an example, the love between you and your siblings or you and your friends can be a form of phileo love. This is because a relationship with phileo love is built between people who have walked the journey together and they will be willing to make sacrifices for the people who were part of the pack. Hence, Philia is also called the brotherly love.
Pragma: The Longstanding Love
At some point of our lives, we would admire couples who have been together for a long time. Bonded by love, their relationship lasted through the years and we tend to think that how great would it be to have someone to be by your side for your long time. That is pragma. Out of the other amoir siblings, Pragma is the most long-lasting form of love. This form of love is not easily spotted for it requires energy and effort from both parties to sustain it. Hence, it is said to be the highest form of love.
Pragma: The Familial / Companion Love
As the elder sibling of Philia, Storge is a close connection between two parties who care about each other. This form of love is cultivated over time. People who have this form of love offer emotional support. Storge can be found between a parent and a child as well as between childhood friends. It is a powerful and natural form of affection.
Now that you know what other forms of love are available, it is time to show how much you love the people around you. You can do it by caring for them and being by them when they need you. No need to start big, you can start by asking about the day or offer emotional support! Eventually, they will grow to know that you truly care for them.