How Has Love Changed Romeo and Juliet?

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WHAT IS LOVE? Love! Ah, love! Poets and authors have tried to define love for centuries, whereas the scientists have only just begun! We all think love is a main purpose for living; that an intimate connection is inherent in all that we do, and without love, we cannot survive as a species. But what is love, and how do we know that we've fallen in love? First, let's begin with what love isn't. IT DEFINITELY ISN'T... Manipulation - "If you loved me, then you would..." (isn't love, but rather infatuation.) Compromising Who You Are - If someone asks you to do or say something that isn't in your nature, that isn't true love. Although love does involve compromises between partners, someone who is in love with you will never ask you to change who you are in order to be loved. Violent - Passions can definitely be inflamed with someone you love, but a relationship with physical or emotional violence isn't true love. Just Lust - Yes, chemistry and physical attraction are important, but true love also includes commitment, trust, and respect. So then, what exactly is love? True Love Is... Caring - Ancient Greeks had many different names for different forms of love: passion, virtuous, affection for the family, desire, and general affection. But no matter how love is defined, they all hold a common trait: caring. Attraction - Attraction and chemistry form the bond that allows people to mate. Without this romantic desire for another individual, a relationship is nothing more than lust of infatuation. Attached - Like the mother/child bond, attachment comes after the initial attraction. Attachment is the long term love that appears anywhere from one to three years into a romantic relationship (sometimes sooner and very rarely after), and you'll know you've found it when you can honestly say, "I've seen the worst and the best

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