What is your definition of of being "in love" with someone as opposed to just "loving" them?
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There are different types/levels of love. These include what you feel for your friends, extended family (cousins, aunts, uncles), siblings, parents, etc. The closer the person is to you, the stronger the love you have for them. There's the love that you have for your children. Many people claim to be "in love" with their children. This love tends to be one of the strongest you will ever have. They are a part of you. If something bad were to happen to them, you would be devastated. Many relationships break when bad things happen to children because of the level of love the parent (s) have for them. It would feel like your heart is literally ripped from your body. Your children are your life. Then, there's the level of love one feels for their significant other. This tends to also be described as being "in love". This person is not born from you, but they are also a part of you. This person is one who is on your mind, in your heart and in your soul. This love is comparable to the love that you have for your children. You can't imagine your life without this person in it (in some way) every day. Of course, you are not always together every day, but this person is still there with you on the inside. This sometimes gets confused by women's feelings for a new guy in their life. It's not the same feeling. It doesn't even compare. That guy can make you feel good with the things he says and does that makes you happy and excited. The newness is exciting and you want him around you. If that new man were to walk away or something bad were to happen to him, it would be upsetting, but you would get over it. You wouldn't be totally devastated. You would move on. When you are falling "in love" with someone, it's somewhere between this phase of newness and being completely in love with the man. When you are "in love", you will know it. You won't have to question it. You will feel it. It will be like a lightbulb has just gone off. The new, fun and exciting feelings are replaced. It's not just in your head, it's in your heart and soul as well. This is the closest person to you. This is your best friend and your lover. This person has every part of you. The reason why the divorce rate is so high is because people THINK they are in love with their significant other, but they aren't. Sure, they can love the person, but it isn't true love. If you can knowingly hurt that person in any way, you are not in love with them.1
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