Article: The ancient Greeks named six types of love that psychologists still refer to today

Rachel Grieve said,

“…if you believe in love at first sight, then you are more likely to experience it.”

“The kind of love that we feel towards our significant other is likely to change over time. At the start of a relationship we feel anticipation about seeing our partner and we are excited every time we see them.

These are the heady feelings we associate with being in love, and are very characteristic of romantic love. But in almost all relationships, these intense emotions are not sustainable, and will fade over months to a couple of years.

Those passionate feelings will then be replaced by deeper connection as the people in the partnership grow to truly know each other. This stage is β€œcompanionate love” and can last a lifetime (or beyond).

Unfortunately, many people do not realize that the evolution from romantic love to companionate love is a normalβ€”and indeed healthyβ€”transition. Because the ardent feelings of adoration subside, sometimes people will think that they have fallen out of love, when in fact the intimacy and closeness of companionate love can be extremely powerful, if only given the chance.

This is a shame, as these individuals might never experience the life satisfaction that is associated with companionate love.”


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