7 Types of Love You May Experience in Life ...

Even though most people associate love with romance, there are tons of different types of love out there. Movies usually stick to portraying romantic love, where two people fall head over heels for each another, and end up getting married and having little babies. However, there are different types of love that you may have already experienced without realizing it:

1. Platonic Love

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Love doesn’t always have to have a sexual element to it. Don’t you have friends that you absolutely adore? If you would do anything for your bestie, but don’t feel any romantic or sexual attachment to them, then that’s platonic love. It’s one of the types of love that occurs the most often, because there are so many people in your life that you have platonic connections to.

2. Unrequited Love

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No one wants their love to be unrequited, but it happens pretty often. If you’ve ever fallen in love with someone that just didn’t feel the same about you, you’ve experienced the pain that goes along with this type of love. It's heartbreaking, but it's a part of life. It helps you learn how to handle pain, and more importantly, how to grow from it.

3. True Love

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This is that love that you see in films. It's when two people are crazy about each other. There's not just a single component to this type of love. When you're truly in love, you adore the other person's mind, heart, body, and soul. It's the strongest type of love that there is, and you're lucky if you're able to experience it.

4. Lustful Love

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You’re super into the hot guy you see every day on the train, but you have no clue what his name is. You don’t know anything about his personality, and frankly, you don’t care. You’ve created an identity for him in your head, and that’s good enough. You don’t really want a relationship with him; you just want to taste those gorgeous lips.

5. Puppy Love

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This temporary love is what you feel when you have a major crush on someone. It usually occurs when you’re a child or a preteen because it’s filled with innocence. Everyone has experienced this, at least to a certain extent. It's called puppy love, because you worship the person like a little doggie does his owner.

6. Unattainable Love

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Are there any celebrities you'd love to date, even though they're thirty years older than you and currently married? That's the type of unattainable love that we've all experienced. Even though we know it's virtually impossible to get together with an older star, that doesn't stop us from daydreaming about them. They're so darn perfect, so how could we resist? It's human nature, after all.

7. Self-Love

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Don't you just love how awesome of a person you are? If you don't think that's true, you have some work to do. You've all heard about how important it is to love yourself before you love anyone else. If you're not the biggest fan of yourself, then start listing all of your great qualities. You need to realize just how amazing you are--and trust me, you are amazing!

Love is what makes the world go 'round. Which types of love have you experienced so far?

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