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I dont know if Im real without you What is left of me without you I dont know whats real without you How can I exist without you Turn on the radio at any point during the day and you are sure to hear at least one jilted singer crooning a heartfelt ballad about a lost love The preceding excerpt from the song Shame by the group Stabbing Westward is one of many similar sentiments expressed through music since the beginning of time Losing a loved one whether due to a relationship break-up or through death can be an exceedingly painful process It is one that is often full of conflicting thoughts and emotions and a profound feeling of emptiness However while countless songs and poems are written about the pain of loss few are written about the eventual outcome surviving that loss Despite how helpless the situation appears humans are resilient creatures Through time and appropriate support one can emerge from this period of grief and adapt to the situation So what is this concept of love that has such a powerful and dramatic effect on us It is a vague notion that is often best described by the Shakespeares of our time and not by science however some definition seems necessary Aristotle once said Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies He also felt that there are four different kinds of love storge mutual affection philia friendship agape a forgiving moral love and romantic love which he coined eros Enright and Fitzgibbons 2000 Eros is the type of love that usually comes to mind when this word is used Robert Sternbergs way of looking at romantic love has come to be accepted by many psychologists as an accurate description Robbins 1996 p 18 He sees this hard-to-pinpoint emotion as best described by a triangle with one of three distinct components at
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