Monday, February 13, 2012

Love Therapy, Anyone?

It's Valentine's Day. The day traces its roots to a pagan Roman ritual during the Middle Ages that pair couples using a lottery system. Over time, it has become a symbol of "commercialized" romantic love with images of chocolates and flowers.

It's interesting what Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Lester Grinspoon, said, "Romantic love and adolescence are the only two socially acceptable forms of psychosis." Isn't that intriguing, stating that romantic love is a form of mental illness?  Perhaps, also like addiction to alcohol or drugs?

Dr. Sigmund Freud once wrote, "Against all the evidence of his senses, a man who is in love declares that 'you' and 'I' are one, and is prepared to believe it as if it were a fact."  Aha, this doctor sounds as if he's trying to remind us that our brain can play a trick on us!

Valentine's day or not, we all need healing, lasting love that goes beyond the spark or flash and fade of romantic love. It's more than chemistry... more than being hot, sexy or handsome ... more than flowers and chocolates.

Simply, it's called true love.

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