Is There Such a Thing as Unconditional Love?

unconditional-loveMany people believe and expect to give and receive unconditional love from their dating or relationship partner. They think that “real” love is without buts and ifs. However, this is hardly ever true. There is a reason why we fall in love and we continue to love someone. We don’t always know or can explain why we find someone attractive or desirable, but this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a specific quality or trait that draw us to that other person. An expecting loving or being loved unconditionally is unrealistic.

Let’s first consider how love actually begins. There are reasons why you become attracted to someone. Be it their looks, body language, charisma, personality, sense of humor, character, ambition, or likely a combination of all of the above – there are reasons why you fall for someone. There are reasons why you feel that thing that we call “chemistry.” Some of those reasons are easier to identify than others, but there must be something about the person who you fall in love with that attracted you, and surely there must be something special about you that makes your partner want to be with you and think of you when you are not around.

Whether it’s physical attraction, sense of humor, personality, charisma, character, personal ambition, positive energy or a combination of some or all of the above qualities – there must be something that you noticed about the person you love that made you develop feelings for him/her. Thus, it only makes sense that if one or more of those fundamental reasons for love and attraction between the two of you disappears, then you won’t be as much in love anymore or you won’t be in love at all.

Thus, it’s only fair to expect that if the reasons for your feelings are fading, your emotional connection to the same person will diminish or even completely disappear as well. That’s one of the major reasons why we hear that couples who break up say that the reason they didn’t want to be together any longer was because they felt that they grew apart. What does it really mean “growing apart?” It means not really having a reason to love each other anymore. Thus, to maintain love, the core reasons that caused that wonderful emotion to develop must be present and maintained in the relationship.

I can’t count how many times I heard a woman say that she and her long-time partner have “grew apart”. Often it meant that the woman got frustrated with the fact that they guys wasn’t moving in any direction. His life and more importantly – his attitude toward life became stagnant. He would have no goals for advanced with work or school. He would stop taking care of his fitness, having stopped to exercise and gaining wait. He could be thinking that there is no point in trying too hard since he is already settled and is not looking to attract anyone, but he fails to consider that once he stop being attractive, his present partner will lose some or all of the attraction toward him. Then, the problems will start. These issues will manifest in various superficial ways such as petty arguments resulting from being annoyed with each other, and fights about insignificant issues, but these are just signs that bigger problems exist


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03/03/2016 9:03 pm

I like kaizen’s answer. What I was going to say, she already mentioned it.

11/05/2010 4:51 pm

LOVE 🙂 What The Hell is That?! LOL

Love has inspired books, songs, works or art, great achievements and

even the course of history. It is the bond that holds humankind together.

There are many definitions of love, yet each one is inadequate. Love

can be found in the dictionary somewhere between ‘like’ and ‘lust.’ And

maybe that’s where it belongs!

To understand what love is, we have to understand what love is not.

Love is not hate, violence, ambition or competition. It is not infatuation.

Infatuation focuses only on external traits and is merely a form of

conquest, which fills a personal need that is invariably followed by


For example, a woman marries a man because he is handsome, then

says that all he thinks about is his looks. She marries him because he is

intelligent, then feels stupid and accuses him of knowing it all. She

marries him because he is steady and sensible, then finds him boring

and dull. She marries him for his money, then is unhappy because all

he thinks about is business. She marries him because his is sexy, then

objects when he is sexually attractive to other women. And on and on it

goes! These examples are not love, merely infatuation. The same

examples can be used for a man as well.

Love in not sex. You can have sex without love, and love without sex.

But when sex and love are combined, the result is a beautiful, spiritual

experience, one unequalled by any other.

What, then, is love? Love is the attracting, uniting, harmonizing Force of

the Universe.

Love is the desire to support a person in being all that they can be. It’s

helping the other person to grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Most of all, love is allowing another person the complete freedom to be

himself or herself and accepting that person without trying to change


The problem with many relationships is that love is one-sided. In order

for a relationship to be balanced, you must give, but also expect to

receive. Your needs must be met as well as those of your partner. The

compulsion to keep giving without expecting a return, or keep receiving

without expecting to give, does not support true love.

To love means to love. Period! It doesn’t imply conditions such as “I will

love you if…” “I will love you as long as…” or “I will love you when…”

Love that implies conditions is nothing more than emotional blackmail.

A child’s ability to love is usually set by the time he or she is

approximately two years old. This is why it is important to build the

child’s self-esteem during this period. The child must learn that he or

she is accepted for who they are and that love (or withholding love) is

not based on his or her actions.

Often, young girls do not learn that they can be loved for who they are.

They feel they need a man to make them feel loved and valuable. They

will often marry the first man that comes along who tells them what they

want to hear – that they are loved. Sensing her inferiority, the man will

often play on her feeling of inadequacy and try to dominate her. Since

she really does not love herself, she will obsessively seek the approval

and the love she didn’t get as a child. The odds are that she will end up

either in the divorce court or with a husband who is an alcoholic,

mentally, physically or emotionally abusive, or perhaps something

worse. If self-confidence, self-acceptance and the acceptance of others

had been cultivated early in life, this could have been avoided.

It is important in a relationship to preserve love. In order to do this, it is

necessary to realize that you are not a couple or twosome or anything

else. Despite the abundance of poetic imagery, it is literally impossible

to merge two human beings as one. You are simply separate individuals

who have found a great deal to share together. You came into the world

alone, and you will leave this world alone.

It is sheer folly to promise to love another person forever. While it is

beautiful to hear someone declare that they will love us forever – it is an

empty promise. Think about it for a moment. You cannot count on your

lover loving you forever, no matter what he or she says, for love is a

moment-by-moment experience. Yesterday's love has been spent,

tomorrow’s love is not here yet, and today’s love must be earned.

The fact is that love will only continue as long as each person fulfills a

need and contributes to the relationship. And love must continue if a

relationship is to be held together. A legal contract won’t do it!

In order or preserve love, one partner must not attempt to change the

other. This happens much too often and is a major contributing factor to

break-up and divorce.

Love, romance and excitement are all possible when you permit your

partner to express his or her own individuality. When a relationship is

not stifled by unreasonable demands and expectations, it will grow

closer. The more independent you feel, the more you will value your

partner. True love depends on true freedom. Only those who are free

can afford to love without reservation.

Time spent together should be devoted to motives of love and sharing

those things you both enjoy. This will eliminate boredom and keep the

relationship alive. Vital, in this regard, is the development of a romantic

personality. Without romance, a person’s life lacks magnetism, so it is

important for you to cultivate it. A romantic personality will increase your

magnetism and enable you to attract the people, events and

circumstances you desire. We all need romance in our lives and are

grateful to those who stimulate and encourage it.

Everyone wants to be loved. Every stranger you meet is crying out

inside, “Please love me.” Sometimes this is difficult to justify in the light

of our actions; sometimes the individuals themselves don’t recognize

this as the inner hunger they feel.

Most people believe that they are not loved enough. This is because

they cannot recapture the love they once knew as children. And so, they

go through life trying to regain this perfect emotion by searching outside

of themselves.

Look at your life. You go to the grocery store for food, to classes for

education, to the doctor to get well, to a contractor to build your house,

to the hair stylist to have your hair done, to the department store for your

clothes. And so it is with love. You go to others for love. Like a carrot

dangled before a horse, there is love, just out of reach.

What is Love? If you are In love what is it that you are in love with… Her? or the Idea of her? Her goodness or your perception of her Goodness? Do you love her for her and all her beauty or do you love her for what she does for you?

To Know Love you must become it. LOVE IS NOT AN EMOTION but a way of being. It expresses itself in your devotion to the truth. Your smile to a stranger in the streets. Your willingness to be polite instead of rude. Your ability to be kind for the pure enjoyment of being kind.