And the kind of love we feel in romantic relationships is its own unique type of love.Our ability to feel romantic love develops during adolescence.
We've loved (and been loved by) parents, brothers, sisters, friends, even pets. It's an intense, new feeling unlike any of these other ways of loving. When people feel close to others they are happier and even healthier.Love helps us feel important, understood, and secure.But each kind of love has its own distinctive feel.The kind of love we feel for a parent is different from our love for a baby brother or best friend.It's a natural part of growing up to develop romantic feelings and sexual attractions to others.
These new feelings can be exciting — or even confusing at first.
These three qualities of love can be combined in different ways to make different kinds of relationships.
For example, closeness without attraction is the kind of love we feel for best friends.
We share secrets and personal stuff with them, we support them, and they stand by us. Attraction without closeness is more like a crush or infatuation.
You're attracted to someone physically but don't know the person well enough yet to feel the closeness that comes from sharing personal experiences and feelings.
Romantic love is when attraction and closeness are combined.