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LOVE What is it?

Look in any dictionary and it will give you many different descriptions of the meaning of "love" The Oxford Dictionary describes as "A strong feeling of affection"

Kim Scott

on 16 May 2015

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Transcript of LOVE What is it?

What is it?

We all need love to survive, to grow.
Love brings
Let's unpack this box of

Made with love...
Love knows no boundaries
The meaning of Love
Colman, A (2014)
"An intense feeling of fondness or attraction, deeper and stronger than liking, especially when associated with a romantic or sexual attachment to someone." There are three main components of love,
1 Passion -
sexual desire,
2 Intimacy -
confiding and sharing feelings,
3 Commitment -
intention to maintain the relationship.

Combine these three components and they make eight basic types of love:


Infatuated love,

Like/friendship, Empty love, Romantic love, Companion love, Fatuous love, and Consummate love.

Romeo and Juliet has achieved an iconic status as a phrase that is synonymous with not just any love but, true love, it is also about the irresistible power of divine and human love, between religion and the political community and the function of law. Yet, concealed within the subtext of the play, and upon the canvass of bitter rivalry between the families of the two lovers and the times it was written. This touching romance highlights xenophobic racism, religion, spiritual against material values, piety against the love of earthly things, rape, gluttonous excess, gang warfare, sex and suicide. A starcrossed tragedy for stage and silver screen that shares commonalities of fate, suicide and love with Antony and Cleopatra. Both Antony and Cleopatra's first love is politics, paving a convenient and expedient path to Octavia and Ceasar respectively as the situation requires. Their mutual love of power forms the adhesive that binds them,
when their power fails, so does their relationship.

Love from a Distance.......
“Le nozze di Figaro”, a comedic opera in four acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premiering in the Viennese Burgtheater on May 1, 1786. Based on Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais’s 1784 controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro.
This opera, with devious plot twists and sublime music highlights the notion that the pervasive and stultifying ancien regime of the time is no barrier to the inherent abundance of human intellect and the
irrepressible spontaneity of human love that transcends the hitherto impenetrable class boundries
between Noble and commoner. In this scene, during Salieri's confession, he recounts Count Almaviva’s
aria; a desperate plea for relief from the torments of a love.

How can we make it work.....
Skype, Emails, Phone calls, IM, Letters, Packages....
Love in Stage and Screen.
Love at first sight

According to statistics it is believed:
The total % of US marriages that are considered Long Distance (LD) is 2.9%
This equates to 3.75 million relationships that are living apart
The average distance of couples living apart is 125 miles or 200km's
Its not just deployed soldiers whose spouse is keeping the home fires burning, in Australia the instances of relationships living a FIFO (Fly in Fly out) lifestyle has increased substantially from with over 56,000 people commuting to remote sites for work.
a person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before
Kylie says it best!
Take a closer look a the statistics on long distance love......
Does absence make the heart grow fonder?......
In recent studies it has been shown that couples participating in a long distance relationship feel more intimate, commitment, and secure than those who see their spouse every night. Professor Aaron Ben-Zeev (2014) writes when an individual feels a sense of "flourish" or fulfillment then there is less importance on geographical closeness.
Is distance the new love?
Arthur, N., Daniel's The Tragedie of Cleopatra and Antony and Cleopatra
Shakespeare Quarterly
Vol. 9, No. 1 (Winter, 1958), pp. 11-18
http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.lib.swin.edu.au/stable/2867175 origin=crossref&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Audio <http://www.vmusic.com.au/lyrics/ben-lee/gamble-everything-for-love-lyrics-7528120.aspx?gclid=CjwKEAjw7MuqBRC2nNacqJmIpT0SJABQXAOtaifHRdnELnrw8navX8sbqGauq-s4PHl5Se_d69ROmBoCGAXw_wcB>

Ben-Zeev, A. 2014, In the Name of Love, Distance is the new closeness, 12 Jan 2014, viewed 11 May 2015, <https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-the-name-love/201401/distance-is-the-new-closeness>

Broyles, D,. Shakespeare's reflections on love and law in Romeo and Juliet
The Journal Jurisprudence, July, 2013, Vol.18, p.75 (41)

Clifford, S. 2009, The effects of Fly-in Fly-out commute arrangements and extended working hours on the stress, lifestyle, relationship and health characteristics of West Australian Mining employees and their partners, University of Western Australia, viewed 12 May 2015, <http://www.uwa.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/405426/FIFO_Report.pdf>

Colman, A 2008, A dictionary of psychology, 3 edn, Oxford University Press, New York.


Heartz, D., Constructing 'Le nozze di Figaro'. Journal of the Royal Musical Association
Vol. 112, No. 1 (1986 - 1987), pp. 77-98


Levare, S,. Mozart’s ‘Le nozze di Figaro:’ A Critical Analysis. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1952.

Mackenzie, C,. Love, sex and death in Romeo and Juliet. (critical essay)
English Studies, Feb, 2007, Vol.88(1), p.22(21) [Peer Reviewed Journal]

Singh, A. 2013, Long-Distance Relationships encourage stronger communication, intimacy; could they be better than face-to-face relationships?, Medical Daily, 18 Jul 2013, viewed 12 May 2015, <http://www.medicaldaily.com/long-distance-relationships-encourage-stronger-communication-intimacy-could-they-be-better-face-face

Youtube <https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=hrR-6Vwle1I>

Kylie Minogue Love at first sight 2008, viewed 05 May 2015
Human Flourishing - the innate potential of each individual to live a life of enduring happiness, penetrating wisdom, optimal well being, and authentic love and compassion
-Aristotle (4th Century BC)

Love in Stage and Screen.
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