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Six Styles of Love. Eros Ludus Storge Mania Agape Pragma. Eros (erotic)—passionate, romantic love. Erotic lovers fall in love early in a relationship Love is very intense and passionate The erotic lover wants to share everything with and know everything about the loved one

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Six styles of love

Six Styles of Love

Eros

Ludus

Storge

Mania

Agape

Pragma


Eros erotic passionate romantic love
Eros (erotic)—passionate, romantic love

  • Erotic lovers fall in love early in a relationship

  • Love is very intense and passionate

  • The erotic lover wants to share everything with and know everything about the loved one

  • The erotic lover thinks of his/her partner in an idealized manner

  • The erotic lover’s reaction to criticism from his/her partner is one of hurt and intense pain

  • The erotic lovers reaction to separation from the partner is agony and despair


Ludus ludic love as a game
Ludus (ludic)—love as a game

  • Ludics have a very self-oriented approach to love

  • Ludics minimize dependency and commitment

  • They rarely or never become overly involved with one partner and often have more than on partner at a time

  • They don’t reveal their true thoughts and feelings to their partner, especially if they think they can gain some kind of advantage over their partner

  • Usually want sex (plenty of it) for pleasure

  • Reaction to criticism from the partner is indifference

  • Reaction to separation form the partner is immediate replacement


Storge storgic love as friendship or companionship
Storge (storgic)—love as friendship or companionship

  • Storge love develops slowly

  • It grows out of mutual understanding, rapport, respect, companionship, sharing, and concern

  • It is not characterized by high levels of ecstasy and excitement (as is eros), but is a solid, stable, enduring love

  • Reaction to criticism from partner—give and take, compromise, constructive problem solving

  • Reaction to separation—feelings of emptiness and loss


Mania manic is obsessive jealous and addictive
Mania (manic)—is obsessive, jealous, and addictive

  • Manic lovers are obsessive, jealous, irrational, possessive, and consumed by thoughts of their lovers

  • They need constant attention, affection, and togetherness

  • Love is very intense

  • They frequently put love to the test for the sake of reassurance

  • Their reaction to criticism from partner—defensiveness, hypersensitivity, and sometimes violence

  • Their reaction to separation—instant panic


Agage agapic kind unselfish love
Agage (agapic)—kind, unselfish love

  • Agape love is altruistic

  • The agapic lover gets more pleasure from giving in a relationship than from receiving

  • The apapic lover is very forgiving, patient, understanding, loyal, and willing to make sacrifices for his/her partner

  • Their reaction to criticism form the partner—willingness to change or compromise

  • Their reaction to separation from the partner—sense of loss and emptiness


Pragma is a very pragmatic or practical approach to love
Pragma—is a very pragmatic or practical approach to love

  • It is very logical and realistic

  • Pragmatic lovers are self-oriented

  • Their reaction to criticism from the partner—defensive, analytical


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