Love is one of the most misunderstood word in the field of psychology. The chapter tries to bring clarity on this aspect. It begins with a very relevant question in today’s context. Are human beings selfish and always selfish? Various theories related to love are critically analyzed in order to find an answer to the question. Different perspectives of love including the philosophical, behavioral and scientific are explained in detail. The selfish nature of human beings and their strong connection with the feeling of love forms the crux.

Love is a concept that is labeled as the synonym of human life. Humans are generally categorized as living beings born to live a life that is humane. Every mind is imprinted with the message of humaneness and its various attributes, including love. At the same time love has got different meanings in different contexts and different outlook for different people.

Diverse inferences made on love by people ranging from philosophers, writers and poets to psychologists and behavioral scientists are detailed in the chapter. Love is also elucidated both from a macro and a micro perspective. At the macro level, the universality of love is defined and is considered as a phenomenon present in all living species including animals, plants and even microorganisms. At the micro level, different dimensions of love that are experienced in the day to day life of a human being is elaborated with proper theoretical backup.

Coming back to the question, “Are human beings selfish and always selfish?”There are several examples that can be quoted from history, exemplifying the selfish traits within human beings. The world over the years has witnessed a number of people, from conquerors, invaders and crucifiers to gamblers, rapists and corrupters. There are stories about killing millions of people for a few pennies or for sheer pleasure.Such people are generally categorized as thosehaving negative intentionsand are expected to behave in a cruel manner. But what about those people having positive traits, who are adaptable to the society, lovable by the family, and acceptable as individuals with high social maturity? People who respect the elders, love their beloved ones, work hard for the family, take care of the needy, contribute to the society, spend for charity, and sacrifice for the betterment of others. Are they selfish and always selfish?

More than giving a conceptual clarity regarding the behavior of people with regard to love and its variants, the chapter do have a very important purpose. It believes that the moment when human intelligence is blessed with the awareness of the science behind love and hatred, the world gets relieved from many atrocities faced by living beings.

Hope you read the chapter and understand the truth behind the most popular feeling, earth has ever witnessed.


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