Expert: The Difference Between Being In Love With Someone And Loving Someone

You love your mom, but you’re not in love with her– you likely know this. But it might be a bit harder when it comes to defining other relationships in your life. Relationship expert Susan Winter explains, “We overuse the word love, just like we overuse the word ‘friend.’ This term has been so watered down that most people with a fondness for someone are certain they love him or her. […] In love means that you’ve weathered the storms of your partner’s negative qualities, and still choose to remain in the relationship. Your love is unconditional. It’s all-inclusive as you accept the positive and negative aspects of your mate.” But, it’s also possible to fall in love with time, as can be showcased by some arranged marriages.