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…”

  3. 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.