Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Love

  • Elaine HatfieldEmail author
  • Cyrille Feybesse
  • Jeanette Purvis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_536

Synonyms

Compassionate love; Conjugal love; Romantic love; True love

Introduction

Poets, novelists, and social commentators have proposed numerous definitions of love. Ahdat Soueif, an Arab novelist, once poetically described the multitude of meanings that “love” possesses in Arabic:

(“Hubb” is love, “ishq” is love that entwines two people together, “shaghaf” is love that nests in the chambers of the heart, “hayam” is love that wanders the earth, “teeh” is love in which you lose yourself, “walah” is love that carries sorrow within it, “sababah” is love that exudes from your pores, “hawa” is love that shares its name with “air” and with “falling”, “ghram” is love that is willing to pay the price).

In this entry, we will discuss some taxonomies of love that scholars have proposed and discuss two types of love that have been most investigated by scholars – passionate love and companionate love.

Taxonomies of Love

Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered. José Saramago

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elaine Hatfield
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cyrille Feybesse
    • 2
  • Jeanette Purvis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawai’iHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.PortoPortugal

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA