Whether you are attending a Galentine’s Day brunch, treating yourself to a night of self-care or spending the holiday with a special someone, Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for celebrating love. However, as many know, you don’t need romance to commemorate relationships and the love you have for someone. This February 14th, examine how you display love and how others display love towards you!
Just like a snowflake, every love is unique and there can be different traits and characteristics found in every type of love. Every relationship can have a different meaning to you, due to the different types of love associated with relationships.
For decades, humans have experienced up to eight different types of love. Sometimes you can even experience love with someone you don’t know!
The Greeks studied love and signified eight different types giving each a Greek name. Today, there are even intensifiers of love known as love catalysts that can enhance the love you feel within relationships.
What is a Love Catalyst?
A love catalyst is the part of yourself that enhances your experience with a type of love and can provoke certain feelings to arise. These feelings can lead to positive emotions like euphoria that can enhance your relationship with a romantic partner, friend or with yourself. For example, affectionate love is propelled by the mind and self-love is intensified by the soul.
Say Hello to the 8 Different Types of Love
To help you gain familiarity with the eight types of love FTD has created eight love characters to represent the types of love found in every relationship. Find which love type you identify with by meeting each below!
Philia – Affectionate Love
Philia or “brotherly love” is love without romantic strings and usually occurs between friends or family. When individuals share the same values and respect for each other they display Philia.
Love Catalyst: The Mind
Your mind decides who you can trust based on feelings of respect and familiarity.
Pragma – Enduring Love
Pragma is a mature love between a couple that has grown and matured for many years. Commitment and dedication are required to achieve Pragma and it is also known as everlasting love.
Love Catalyst: Etheric (Subconscious)
The love catalyst for Pragma is the subconscious. You are driven towards each other unknowingly, but there is a sense of purpose in your unity.
Storge – Familiar Love
Storge is a natural love common between close friends and between parents and children as well. This love is built on deep emotional connection and acceptance of each other. This love comes easily and immediately in parent and child relationships.
Love Catalyst: Causal (Memories)
The love catalyst for Storge is memories. As you create more memories the value and emotional attachment to the relationship increases.
Eros – Romantic Love
Eros is a passionate love that is displayed through physical affection. This love is a desire for another person’s body and touch. Common displays are through kissing, holding hands and hugging.
Love Catalyst: Physical Body (Hormones)
Physical touch lights a fire in you and romantic actions create more admiration for your partner.
Ludus – Playful Love
Ludus is known as the “honeymoon stage” of relationships and consists of child-like play and teasing the one you are interested in. Although common in young couples, older couples who strive for this love find a more rewarding relationship.
Love Catalyst: Astral (Emotion)
Emotions inspire you to feel giddy and excited with your newer or newly interesting partner.
Mania – Obsessive Love
Mania is an obsessive love with your partner and can lead to possessiveness and jealousy. Most cases of obsessiveness can lead to an imbalance in the relationship however a healthy dose of playfulness and romantic love can even out the relationship.
Love Catalyst: Survival instinct
Codependency can lead to a person feel desperate for their partner in order to find self-value. This lack of self-confidence can make a partner feel like they need the other to survive.
Philautia – Self Love
Philautia is the practice of self-love and self-value. It also means you recognize your personal needs and are responsible for your well-being.
Love Catalyst: Soul
Your soul lets you understand your needs whether they are physical, emotional or mental.
Agape – Selfless Love
Agape is the highest level of love a person can offer. Offering Agape is loving throughout any and all circumstances. Agape is not a physical act, it’s a feeling, but acts of self-love can elicit Agape since self-monitoring leads to results.
Love Catalyst: Spirit
Your spirit motivates you to be kind and shows others kindness before yourself.
Perfect Your Love Combo
Use the different love catalysts to help you fully immerse yourself in the best traits from each type of love.
This Valentine’s Day, inspect some of your relationships to identify what kind of love you enjoy the most. Try some creative ideas to enhance love with your partner, relationships or with yourself!
Check out the full infographic from FTD below. All images provided by Siege Media.