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You are here: Home >> Resources >> Handouts >> Love Is... Love Isn't

September, 2004

There are many ways we can talk about love.  But there are certain images and words describing what love is that lead to confusion and sometimes to bad situations if acted on.  In fact some of these messages are actually what love isn't.  There are many things about love that can't be summed up in a word.  Here are two lists to help you sort out what love is or isn't.  These lists are to help you decide how you want to be treated.

 

Love is...

Love isn't...

Responsibility

Hard work

Pleasure

Commitment

Caring

Honesty

Sex

Trust

Communication

Sharing

Compromising

Closeness

Recognizing differences

Vulnerability

Openness

Respect

Friendship

Strong feelings

Jealousy

Possessiveness

Pain

Violence

Sex

Obsession

Being selfish

Cruelty

Getting pregnant

Making someone pregnant

Dependency

Giving up yourself

Intimidation

Scoring

Fear

Proving yourself

Manipulation

Expecting all your needs to be met

 

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