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Difference Between Love and Like

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When it comes to the emotions involved in relationships between men and women, there are a lot of grey areas, athough, some are usually clearly defined. One example of the latter, is the way that most people can differentiate the feelings that they have for someone they like, and someone they love.

Let’s take the relationship between a mother and her young son as an example. Naturally, your son would not say: ‘I like you, mom’ – instead it’s ‘I love you, mom’. In this instance, the difference between love and like is that the emotion between parent and child is something that is unconditional. A child is born loving his or her parents, so the emotion is deeply embedded, and comes naturally.

But if love is unconditional, how about liking someone? This has something more to do with romance, than paternal love. Most men and women who are in a fairly new relationship are usually hesitant to voice their feelings. So, instead of saying: ‘I love you’, right away, they say: ‘I like you’, instead.

In the complex world of love, dating and relationships, readily admitting that you love someone may scare the other person away ‘“ because it entails a long-term commitment. For men and women, admitting love is usually a signal that the relationship is growing to be more serious, and could eventually lead to marriage.

Let’s take a look at more of the key differences between loving and liking. Liking someone means that you are happy being with that person, while loving someone means that you absolutely cannot bear to be without that person. As cliche as it may seem, liking gives you the proverbial butterflies in the stomach ‘“ but loving someone involves something much deeper than that.

All in all, the difference between love and like has something to do with the depth of your emotion towards somebody. Liking may give you that warm, fluttery feeling inside ‘“ but it’s mostly superficial. Love, on the other hand, involves much deeper, complex emotions, making it one of the greatest feelings that you will ever have in your lifetime.


1. Love is an unconditional emotion, while like is a more watered-down version of love.

2. Loving someone means that he or she means everything to you, while liking someone means that you are simply happy being with that person.

3. Love involves deeper, stronger emotions, while like is more of a tender feeling towards that special someone.

4. Love is another person becoming an integral part of your life, while like is being comfortable in the company of a person.

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  1. “If you like this article or our site. Please spread the word. Share it with your friends/family.”

    This is cool, I immediately thought about the word you used…”like” this article, not love this article. Seems fair to me!:)) Keep up the good work!

    • My understanding of the difference between love and like, based on recent experience is, love has and does affect me physical. I have the proverbial “broken heart” and it has caused me to be physically sluggish and lackluster in my everyday functions. When I meet and interact with a beautiful woman, my expressions and reactions are very different than with “her”. I have become reluctant to involve myself with a woman in an intimate way. I’m not sure if it is emotional or psychological. My body just doesn’t function in the same way as before. Like, is in the head and love is in the heart. I can control like, I can’t control love….just accept the pain of unrequited love. My head tells me not to love her….trying to convince myself to do that is impervious. Trying to accept my love for her as something good so to understand the “whys” of what she has done to create the dislike created in me, inwhich to believe she will eventually return to her true nature (which I like very much), is what I now try to do. If she has been going through the same dilemma as I, I don’t know. Mutual like, gives a person an opportunity to Love as Love was intended. Dislike, makes Love a burden until time affords us contentment without the one we Love.

  2. Pure drivel. You’ve bound loving someone to liking them as if they are even remotely connected. Are you saying someone cannot love someone without also “having” to liking them?

    In your experience, that may be true… limited, but true.

    Dig a bit deeper to see instances where loving someone may actually include not liking them and write a new blog entry on that basis. This one is simply “Unicorn Rainbows…”

    • Really, you want me to give u example of what I mean?!
      Are you really saying this is the first time u heard about Love-Hate relationships??! They are all around you! Those relationship full of drama that drive you off the wall, make you want to kill each other lol and end the play with mind-blowing angry passionate make up intimacy !

      And what about when one is doing something or a LOT what the other one Cannot STaNd, and may it maybe even hurting them, I.e. drinking, doing drugs, being irresponsible, spending the other ones money, even RUINING THE OTHER ONE’S LIFE, but can they say they still love each other DESPITE those things? Yes, they can !

      We may be putting up with all kinds of stuff, and sometimes we feel like we cannot be WITH, but we cannot be WITHOUT them !

      That’s because When you “like” someone is because of a specific reason or reasons, but when u love, it’s despite ANYTHING ELSE!

      So do u really have to “like” somebody to love them?!

      My question to audience:
      Have you ever met someone by chance if disagreement /clashing about an issue, just to find yourself hopelessly falling into the quicksand of LOVE ?

  3. excellent..love is inner model while like outer model..

  4. like is what coms wit force while love come wit emotion,in love we find like. divorce of like is notn but divorce of love is death. so b concios.

  5. I think like is someone is more of a short term thing. You like some for one mounth then it’s another person the next. I believe that if you like someone more than 6 months, that you love them. Simply liking is just very begging to feels for someone. Either those feelings can build up to love or move on from that person. Love is stronger and also last longer. Over all, there is a difference in loving or liking someone.

  6. Indeed ther is great difference between love and like…

  7. Like vs love best quotes:

    Like is in the head, love is in the heart
    You can choose like, but absolutely cannot control love

    Like is when u want to spend your time with someone… Love Is when you want to spend the REST of your LIFe with someone because you CANNOT LIVE without them, you want to spend every minute with them , you crave them, you think about them all the time EVEN if you don’t want to and want to forget…

    Love is when you see them, you feel the sparks in the air and butterflies in your stomach JUST LIKE the very first time


  8. To me love has a reason and like is natural. Eg I love my wife or my girl because she is beautiful. Or educated.or I love my mom because she care for me whch means if not that beauty you will not love it. But like is something that you see or hear if even you will not gate it but inside you. You like it good or bad.

  9. i once fell in love but didnt know it

  10. Love and like, are inseparable. One is the building block for other. In marriages, some start liking each other then fall in love… For others they love first and then start the likings…
    According to me, you start liking other person’s habits, personality, and other such things… When wavelengths match, common stuffs come out, and eventually you fall for him/her.

  11. Love is responsibility
    Like is choice

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