L-word

The Different Meanings of the L-Word!

Does the way you feel about your current partner differ from the kind of love you felt for the predecessor, which is different to how you felt in your very first relationship (you know, the crush that lasted about 2 weeks)? With just the one ‘L’ word to cover so many feelings, we thought it was about time to categorise the different types of love – not including familial feelings, such as maternal or fraternal love. We’ve whittled the types of love down to the following 5 types:

  • Committed Love
  • Infatuation
  • Platonic Love
  • Sexual Love/Lust
  • Passionate Love/In Love

Now, here’s the fun part. We’ll give you the descriptions and you have to guess what kind of love they define – the answer’s at the bottom of each page. Plus there’s a poll at the end so you can tell us which type most applies to your current relationship situation.

Love description 1

Can you guess this type of love?

  • sexual
  • caring
  • intensely emotional
  • think about the person all the time
  • heart rate increases
  • arousal
  • physical
  • irrational
  • lustful
  • feeling flushed
  • don’t know the person very well (yet)
  • euphoria
  • laugh often
  • jealous of other people around the person, and even ex-partners
  • intimate

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Answer:

Passionate love/being “in love”

March 26, 2002

The Different Meanings of the L-word..(cont’d)

Love description 2

Can you guess this type of love?

  • you don’t know the person very well
  • based on first impressions
  • physical attraction
  • excited when you see the person
  • heart rate increases
  • talk about the person all the time
  • think you’re in love
  • irrational
  • not long lasting

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Answer:

Infatuation/A crush

March 26, 2002

The Different Meanings of the L-word..(contd)

Love description 5

The last one, so you’ll be able to guess what it is.

  • may have started as one of the other love types and matured/developed into this kind
  • live together
  • long term
  • devotion
  • know the good, bad and ugly things about each other
  • continues regardless of the circumstances
  • closeness
  • respect
  • dealing with day-to-day realities
  • feel free to talk about anything
  • a deep braod
  • faithfulness
  • honesty
  • miss the other person when apart
  • good friends
  • sexual attraction
  • affectionate and tactile with each other

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Answer:

Committed Love

March 26, 2002