Types of love: Love comes in many different forms. I distinguish between at least seven…

…says philosopher Pärttyli Rinne. BIGTALK is a interview series, where big questions are asked from the scientists of Helsinki University.Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and affection. It has long traditions, possibly dating back to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, observed in February in honour of the goddess of women and marriage. But what exactly is love? “Love comes in many different forms. I distinguish between at least seven,” says Pärttyli Rinne, a dramaturge, philosopher and expert in Immanuel Kant’s concept of love.“These are self-love, erotic love, parental love, love of God, friendship, love for your neighbour, and love of truth. We have yet to scientifically determine the common denominators, if any, between these forms.” So, to quote the Beatles, is love all we need? “If we define love to be a process of empathetic sensitivity and caring between individuals, it is obviously a basic need

for humans – and possibly for all mammals whose survival and prosperity depends on early parental care,” Rinne muses. “But is it all we need? The way I see it, people need enough food and clean water, decent housing and electricity, basic health care and education – and, yes, love. That is all we need.” News from:  University of Helsinki. – Love is an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment. Love is also said to be a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection —”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”.Love may describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals.In English, love refers to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from pleasure (“I loved that meal”) to interpersonal attraction (“I love my partner”). “Love” may refer specifically to the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love, to the sexual love of eros, to the emotional closeness of familial love, to the platonic love that defines friendship, or to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love,or to a concept of love that encompasses all of those feelings. This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.Love may be understood as part of the survival instinct, a function to keep human beings together against menaces and to facilitate the continuation of the species.

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