A ground-breaking “map” of how various forms of love are felt physically and cognitively throughout the body was revealed by researchers.

The findings of a poll that included 27 different types of love demonstrated a continuum from weaker to greater love feelings. The majority of love manifestations were most pronounced in the head and varied in intensity elsewhere in the body.

The universality and differences of the bodily experiences of love are illuminated by key results.

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27 distinct sorts of love, including romantic, sexual, parental, and devotation for God or nature, were explored in the study.

All types of love were most prominent in the mind, although their scope and depth varied across the body.

There is a strong association between the emotional and physical intensity of affaction the more intense the physical sense, the more intense and gratifying the emotional experience.

Aalto University, cited

The location and intensity of several forms of love in the body have been mapped by researchers at Aalto University.

According to philosopher Pärttyli Rinne, who oversaw the study, “It was noteworthy, though not very surprising, that the types of love associated with close relationships are similar and are the most strongly experienced.”

While researcher Enrico Glerean created the study methodologies, doctoral researcher Mikke Tavast analyzed the data. Professor Emeritus Mikko Sams and Rinne came up with the idea together.

Participants were asked to describe their experiences with 27 various sorts of love, including romantic love, sexual attraction, parental love, and affaction for friends, strangers, nature, God, or oneself. Participants were questioned about where in their bodies they experienced various forms of love as well as how powerful those feelings were on a physical and mental level.

Their research, which was published in Philosophical Psychology, contends that there is a continuum of it, ranging from lesser to greater.

All of the varieties had a strong head sensation, but the rest of the body experienced them differently; some spread only to the chest, while others affected the entire body. Love was felt most strongly and deeply throughout the body.

The researchers used an online survey to gather information from hundreds of participants in order to create the map. Young women who were college students made up the majority of the respondents. Participants were instructed to color in a body shape to represent the many types of love they experienced.

They were also questioned on the different sorts’ bodily and mental effects, their level of enjoyment, and how they related to touch. They were then asked to rank how closely the various forms of love were related.

The two sorts of love that may exist between people are sexual and nonsexual, and according to Rinne, they are extremely similar to one another.

It was also intriguing to discover a direct link between an emotion’s pleasantness and both its bodily and mental intensity. According to Rinne, the stronger a sort of love is felt in the body, the stronger it is felt in the mind, and the more enjoyable it is.

The researchers found it intriguing that all sorts of love are experienced in the mind, according to Rinne.

“The sensations in the chest area weaken as we move from more intensely felt types of love to less intensely felt types.” It’s possible that some traits, like knowledge or affection for strangers, are linked to certain cognitive processes. Another possibility is that your head is experiencing pleasurable sensations. Further research should be done on this,’ asserts Rinne.

Rinne also mentions that there are cultural variations in love as well as connections between the research group’s demographics and the feeling of love.

If the same study were carried out in a very religious community, devotion to God may be the love that is experienced most passionately. Similar to our continuing brain study project, love for one’s children may be the strongest kind of love if the individuals were parents who were in a committed relationship, according to Rinne.

Maps of love’s bodies

The biological, psychological, societal, and theological phenomena of love are fundamental. Philosophers have frequently made distinctions between various forms of love, such as self-love, romantic love, friendship love, love of God, and neighborly love, using a variety of conceptual frameworks.

On the other hand, psychologists and neuroscientists have up to now mostly concentrated on studying the feelings, behaviors, and neurological mechanisms connected to romantic love and paternal love.

We are still unsure about the relationship between philosophical models and genuine romantic experiences, as well as the extent to which these models are essentially invented connections between unrelated things.

We lack empirical understanding of the various forms of love experienced as embodied sentiments, as well as the relationships between these experiences.

Here, we made a distinction between 27 sorts of love.

We measured three things using self-report methods: 1) the topographic embodiment of subjective feelings of different types of love; 2) the associations between different types of love and self-reported emotional valence, the intensity of the bodily and mental experience, the association with touch, the time since the last experience, and controllability; and 3) the degree of similarity between different types of love. Our research offers the first mapping of the embodied sensations connected to various forms of love.

The findings indicate that there is a continuum of subjective emotions ranging from intensely felt to faintly felt love kinds.

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How much time do you have to love? Can you ensure that you set aside some time each day for love? We don’t spend a lot of time together since we are so busy. We don’t gaze at the person we love when eating breakfast in the morning since we don’t have enough time. We consume our food rapidly while distracted by other thoughts, and occasionally we even hold a newspaper that obscures the face of the one we love. We are too worn out to gaze at the one we love when we go home in the evening.

Our daily routines need to undergo a revolution since we are the source of both our enjoyment and our existence.


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