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Difference between love, and being in love - June 30th 2016, 08:27 PM

I've been thinking about this quite a bit recently, and wanted to get some opinions.
Do you think there is a difference between love, and being in love? I've come to conclusion that there is; that love can be applied to anything, like shoes or pets, but being in love is reserved for your SO, like it means you deeply care about someone more than anything/one else.
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Re: Difference between love, and being in love - June 30th 2016, 08:46 PM

Yes. I absolutely think there's a major difference. I love my friends and my family, but I am not in love with them. I think the best way I can describe the difference, to me, is that being in love requires some form of lust. I'm sure this is not the case for everyone. I know that for me, I tell my friends and family "I love you" a lot and if I were to say "I love you" to a SO I'd probably clarify by saying "I'm in love with you."

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Re: Difference between love, and being in love - June 30th 2016, 11:30 PM

I think you can love people without being in love with them. I have loved many people, but I have not been in love with more than a couple. I haven't even been in love with all of my significant others. To me, loving is an action. If I love someone I actively practice affection and care for them, whatever form that may take. Being IN love is different. For me "in love" definitely has a romantic connotation, whereas "love" in generally doesn't necessarily. For me being "in love" is (within a romantic context) completely accepting all aspects of an individual and respecting their right to be the individual that they are, as they are, at all times. If you're "in love" with someone you accept them as they are, without having expectations of who they should be. It's hard to be in love when one means it in that sense, but when one is in a relationship where both people are mutually in love like that it's one of the most rewarding experiences.

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Re: Difference between love, and being in love - July 1st 2016, 12:44 AM

I actually wrote an article on this and my stance on this question is answered there. I have a lot of relationship experience and I can say there is a big different between general love, and actually being in love. I wish we had separate terms for them like some other cultures do.

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