The ancient Greeks had seven words for love that correspong to the different types, ranging from love to purely spiritual.
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1. Eros: Love of the Body
Eros was the Greek God of love and desire. He was known to shoot golden arrows into the hearts of both mortals and immortals without prior warning. Eros is defined as divine beauty or lust.
2. Philia: Love of the Mind
Philia represents the sincere and platonic love, for example the love you have for your best friend. It exists when people share the same values and dispositions with someone and the feelings are reciprocated.
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3. Ludus: Playful Love
Ludus is the flirtatious and teasing kind of love - it is child-like and fun kind of love. It is modern love at is finest, for example two people who just want to have fun.
4. Pragma: Longstanding Love
Pragma is the everlasting love between a married couple which develops over a long period of time. It is the highest form of love; the true commitment that comes from understanding, compromise and tolerance. It grows over time.
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5. Agape: Love of the Soul
Agape love is selfless love, the love for humanity. It is the closest to unconditional love, the love you give without expecting anything in return.
6. Philautia: Love of the Self
The ancient Greeks divided Philautia into two kinds: there is one that is pure selfish and seeks pleasure, fame and wealth, and there is another healthy kind of love we give ourselves. It is essential for any relationship - we can only love and care for others if we truly love and care for ourselves.
7. Storge: Love of the Child
Storge is the love parents naturally feel for their children. It is based on natural feelings and effortless love - the love that knows forgiveness, acceptance and sacrifice.