Love is often is approached for what it does for yourself. Although, most people view love as what it does for you, it's not all about that, it's about the person that you are loving. There are four different types of love that we learned about in class these types include; Eros, Agape, Storge and Philih.
Eros is the romantic love, the head-over-heels feeling we get in a relationship. You are constantly thinking about that person and your world revolves around them. You have a feeling that you could not be happy in life without their companionship and love. Eros love is not sustainable and usually lasts for 18-24 months before the relationship moves on to another form of love. But, eros love can cycle in and out of relationships over its course.
Agape love is to love your spouse completely, love them wholly, but expect nothing in return from them at that cureent time. Agape love is not sexual or romantic, its nature is that of self sacrifice but is not unconditional. You can love your spouse completely but still have boundaries and maintain you self respect. You choose to have this type of love because yo uknow that it is best for your spouse and family.
Storge love is like a parent-child kind of love. You feel comfortable and it is comprised of natural affection and a sense of belonging to each other. Storge love is a safe haven for couples because it is a place of acceptance, mutual respect and shelter.
Phileo love is described as a "brotherly" love. It is a love of relationship, sharing, friendship and communication. They share each other's thoughts, feelings, attitudes and plans. They confide in each other the most intimate secrets, fears and needs that would not be shared with other.
Incorporating all of these types of love in a marriage will help you to stay bonded to your spouse in many different aspects. It's important to know of these types of love so that you can use them within your own relationships.