Love is Courtesy!

| Thursday, May 30, 2013

I just don't understand why! So, do not ask me that yet.. but I think, this is mostly how many people approach a relationship. Consciously or unconsciously, they believe love is a sensation (based on physical and emotional attraction) that magically, spontaneously generates when Mr. or Ms. Right appears. And just as easily, it can spontaneously degenerate when the magic "just isn't there" anymore. You fall in love, and you can fall out of it too!!
Love is Courtesy!
Love is Courtesy!

An accumulation of motivations and emotions- goal-directed emotional state. In other words, love is a mind-set that causes the experience of other more fundamental emotions like euphoria. This makes sense from an evolutionary perspective; romantic love directs us towards the goal of obtaining a partner for reproductive purposes, and finding one’s partner is rewarded by feelings of extreme emotional pleasure.

Having said that, next time you are smooching your lover, choose you words carefully. Whispering how intense a goal-directed emotional state they set-off in you isn’t particularly romantic ;)!

We live our lives both as biologically animal and as culturally situated individuals. Our emotions might therefore have a biological basis, even if they are expressed in a culturally understandable way. We see it as a social construct. How we perceive other people and evaluate our feelings for them come greatly from outside influences such as watching how our parents love each other, how our friends love their significant others, etc.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious—the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”   Albert Einstein


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