I threw this question out on another post as an example of something I might ask. Then I thought, that's actually an interesting question and I wanted to see what others thought. Is Love purely glandular (the result of chemical excretion activating a programmed need to procreate and better increase the odds of individual and/or species survival)? And if it is, do you care?
To me, I don't care HOW it comes to being inside of my head, it's a real thing. A rock is made up of mostly empty space and yet it's real enough when I hit you in the forehead with it, so the science of atoms and sub atomic particles can take a back seat to the very immediate sensation that it makes moments after impact.
So, doubters and unbelievers, sound off. What do you think?
Love is an emotional dependance. One which, if denied, would hurt you massively. If you love someone, and they are suddenly and permanently removed from your life, you would find the experience massively traumatic. You would go through a period of intense grief.
That's love for close family members and close friends. Romantic love has other aspects to it, but ultimately with someone who would produce the same sense of loss if they stopped being part of your life.
Short answer is I do not know. However, this does not stop me from having an opinion. I would suggest that it is a state of mind rather than an emotion. Think of someone you consider yourself to love, then think of a time, that this person made you angry. Whilst the emotion you were experiencing at the time was a negative one, you still love this person, and you loved that person at the same time you were angry with them. The best way to explain love is to adopt the following thought experiment.
Imagine someone that you consider yourself to be impartial to (you like them, but you don't love them), and then imagine being told that this person has passed away
Now do the same experiment again but this time with someone you do consider yourself to love. Notice the difference about how much worse it felt when the person you love was no longer going to be around. This is evidence for love, and a good way to identify it.
You can also do the experiment with a positive spin. Imagine someone you like (but don't love) had acheived something in their lives which made them extremely happy
Now imagine someone that you love acheived something in their lives which made them really happy. Again, notice how much happier you were when you thought about this happening to someone that you love