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Love is REALLY a sickness? I believe it...now I am validated, somewhat...


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The real question being raised is whether love can sometimes be destructive. The answer to that question is yes. Loving someone can mean being hurt.

 

But being love can also be helpful. You share income, life experience, direction, and have companionship and well as many other experiences.

 

If you really think of it, almost anything could be defined as a mental illness. But expanding the definition of mental illness too much waters down the real meaning. I have worked with numerous truly mentally ill people before, and telling me that being in love is the same as the illness those people are suffering shows how out of touch some people are with the true meaning of "mental illness."

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so what came first do you think, the feeling of love or the chemical "imbalance"?

 

The feeling of "love" is almost always caused by having too-little serotonin. Sure, there are those times when two people actually like each other, but most of the time it's just, at a basic level, OCD focused on a person.

 

If you really think of it, almost anything could be defined as a mental illness. But expanding the definition of mental illness too much waters down the real meaning. I have worked with numerous truly mentally ill people before, and telling me that being in love is the same as the illness those people are suffering shows how out of touch some people are with the true meaning of "mental illness."

 

No one ever said it was a serious mental illness.

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actually, romantic love and intimacy have been shown to be factors contributing to mental and physical health - so there!!

 

And, as I stated earlier, other studies have shown thats it's comparable to OCD. Conflicting studies. You chose to believe the study that supports your optimist attitude, and I chose the one that better feeds my nihilism.

 

Of course, I think you're completely wrong. Most of the studies that I've seen that support romantic love and intimacy base their findings on "yeah, he says that he's happier . . ." I'd like some links to these, studies.

 

So there.

 

And before you say it, link removed, should be quite a few studies there supporting my view, but, who knows?

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You chose to believe the study that supports your optimist attitude, and I chose the one that better feeds my nihilism.

 

In this article I find it most compelling when I read:

 

"Some psychotherapeutic principles have existed since the 10th century. If you look at the writings of early Islamic doctors, such as Ibn Sina, [author of the 'Canons of Medicine'] who was really regarded as one of the originators of contemporary medicine, he said the obsession is based on idealization.

 

Love causes us to enhance and elevate our beloved, Mr. Tallis says. Separating truth from reality is thereforeeee key to treating lovesickness."

 

In this thread are we really talking about the same thing when we speak of "love"?

 

One of my favorite definitions is that love is an insanity necessary to bring two people together. I'm thinking lately there is not that much wrong with idealizing the other in somewhat realistic ways - tantamount to believing in another and being supportive, caring, faithful, trusting.

 

In the English language we basically have one word for love, and then we qualify that one word in many ways - like

 

obsessive love

love addiction

in love

true love

romantic love

radar love

muskrat love

 

In cases when the word love is being qualified, I would tend to focus on the qualifier as having the significant meaning, rather than the word love.

 

I vaguely recall the Greeks had maybe a dozen words that translate to our one word for love.

 

From Wikipedia: This diverse range of meanings in the singular word love is often contrasted with the plurality of Greek words for love, reflecting the concept's depth, versatility, and complexity.

 

On eNotAlone what love seems to mean:

 

We just can’t live without the other person and hold on no matter what

An emotional power over which we have no control

Love hurts

Lifelong monogamy

Vows, Saying: ‘I Do’

Sharing life’s most intimate details

Not having to wear a condom

Biochemical reaction designed to further the species

A process to create fit and pathogen-resistant offspring

A psychological illusion driven by an increase in serotonin levels

A game of strategy (dating advice and books)

Two twisted folks comfortable with their mutual place in the universe (so there!)

A feeling of intense sexual desire and attraction toward another (American Heritage Dictionary)

Preeminent kindness or devotion to another (link removed)

A deep fondness for another (Oxford American Dictionary)

 

My thinkings these days:

 

The exchange of two idealizations

The gift of ourselves to each other

Revering someone for who they are in and of themselves

Two people openly sharing their needs and wants and wanting what is good for the other

 

So for me, all that really matters is that I find one person I can love and who mostly agrees with me on what is love!

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