Now ask someone else to do the same -- a handy coworker, an e-mail
correspondent. Your definitions will be different, though there might be some overlap in one or two concepts.
The topic of love was ignored by scientific research until the 1960s. In the few decades since, we have learned that love defies
narrow definition. Perhaps the poets and composers could have told us this! "Love" is, in brief, what the lover considers it to be. How do
you know if what you feel is really "love"?
The short answer, based on psychological research, is that you cannot "know" that an experience is love according to some external
standard; even your best friend probably defines love differently from you. What are the words that best define love for you? What
features best distinguish love from other emotions and experiences? Once you have spent a minute or two considering your concept of love,
move on to the next Activity!
In the 20-item list below, choose the terms that, for you, best describe the experience of "love." Yes, the list leaves out many
possibilities but your selections will allow us to compare your description to others'.