Rethinking Love: Is love an emotion?
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February 14, 2017
Is love an emotion? Let's put aside loving your job or a piece of clothing, in which the use of the word "love" is as a superlative. That still leaves romantic love and parental love: Are either of these emotions? I think not and here's why: the time frame for emotions and love are radically different. Emotions come and go, sometimes lasting as little as a few seconds, and rarely more than an hour. If we recollect that we were mad for an hour or afraid for an hour close examination reveals that actually we felt that emotion a number of times within the hour, it wasn't one continuous emotional episode.
Both parental love and romantic love involve long-term commitments, intense attachments to a specific other person. Neither is itself an emotion. Emotions can be very brief, but love endures. However, while romantic love can endure throughout a lifetime, it often does not. Parental love, more typically, is a lifelong commitment, although there are exceptions in whic
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