Is My Partner Loving Me? – The Difference Between Romantic Love and Emotional Love
Have you ever wondered what love is? Are you in love? If you are, how do you know if your love is growing and maturing as you experience it? Love encompasses a whole range of positive and powerful emotional and psychological states, from the highest spiritual virtue or religious conviction, to the easiest personal pleasure, the most intense personal connection, to the deepest enduring relationships with family members and special friends.
Many people confuse the concepts of romantic love, which is to be loved with total acceptance, devotion, commitment, and sympathy. They may also use the terms “affection” or “loving feelings” to indicate non-verbal communications of affections. But the feelings themselves, which can be described by the language of feelings, can be classified into four broad forms: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Physical love is simply the feeling that you are loved and cared for. It often begins at a physical level with cuddling and kisses on the back of the neck. Physical affection is easy to communicate and develops easily as well as being easy to recognize as such. In fact, physical affection is usually the first feeling a relationship develops and it tends to be the strongest. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that all feeling is love, but loving feelings are not always appropriate in relationships. If you have a satisfying love relationship, it may be because of the depth of feeling generated by the person you love.
Emotional affection is normally expressed through words or expressions of real caring or love, rather than by physical contact. When people have deep emotional feelings, they tend to put their feelings into words and/or speak them aloud. People who are in romantic love often talk about their spouse or partner in loving, caring ways.
Mental love is different from emotional love and is usually described as a form of intellectual love. People in romantic love share intellectual interests or common views about something or another. This type of love may also be used as a way of venting frustrations. It is usually not expressed publicly because people are too embarrassed or afraid to express how they really feel. However, this type of love is rarely absent from a relationship because it is easily developed. For instance, if one person is very fond of math, they will likely find time and space to talk about math with another person even when those two people don’t necessarily know each other.
As you can see, love means a whole lot more than meets the eye. You may not be aware that you are falling in love or that your partner is falling in love with you, but these are two feelings that should be very easy to identify. The more you learn about how love works the easier it will be for you to let go of your fears about falling in love with someone or feeling loved by someone.
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