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Affection is a "disposition or rare state of mind or body" that is often associated with a feeling or type of love. It has given rise to a number of branches of philosophy and psychology concerning: emotion (popularly: love, devotion etc.); disease; influence; state of being (philosophy); and state of mind (psychology). "Affection" is popularly used to denote a feeling or type of love, amounting to more than goodwill or friendship. Writers on ethics generally use the word to refer to distinct states of feeling, both lasting and spasmodic. Some contrast it with passion as being free from the distinctively sensual element.

More specifically, the word has been restricted to emotional states, the object of which is a person. In the former sense, it is the Greek "pathos" and as such it appears in the writings of French philosopher René Descartes, Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, and most of the writings of early British ethicists. However, on various grounds (e.g., that it does not involve anxiety or excitement and that it is comparatively inert and compatible with the entire absence of the sensuous element), it is generally and usefully distinguished from passion. In this narrower sense the word has played a great part in ethical systems, which have spoken of the social or parental affections as in some sense a part of moral obligation. For a consideration of these and similar problems, which depend ultimately on the degree in which the affections are regarded as voluntary, see H. Sidgwick, Methods of Ethics pp. 345–349.

Affectionate behavior

Numerous behaviors are used by people to express affection. Some theories according to Communication professor Kory Floyd of Arizona State University suggest that affectionate behavior evolved from parental nurturing behavior due to its associations with hormonal rewards with research verifying that expressions of affection, although commonly evaluated positively, can be considered negative if they pose implied threats to one's well being. Furthermore, affectionate behavior in positively valenced relationships may be associated with numerous health benefits. Other, more loving type gestures of affectionate behavior include obvious signs of liking a person.

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Adoration (in Latin) is love given with deep affection. The term comes from the Latin, meaning to give homage or worship to someone or something.

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Interpersonal attraction is the attraction between people which leads to friendships and romantic relationships. Interpersonal attraction, the process, is distinct from perceptions of physical attractiveness which involves views of what is or is not considered beautiful or attractive. The study of interpersonal attraction is a major area of research in social psychology. Interpersonal attraction is related to how much we like, love, dislike, or hate someone. It can be viewed as a force acting between two people that tends to draw them together and resist their separation. When measuring interpersonal attraction, one must refer to the qualities of the attracted as well as the qualities of the attractor to achieve predictive accuracy. It is suggested that to determine attraction, personality and situation must be taken into account. Repulsion is also a factor in the process of interpersonal attraction, one's conception of "attraction" to another can vary from extreme attraction to extreme repulsion.

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Adjective - caring (comparative more caring, superlative most caring)

  1. (of a person) Kind, sensitive, empathetic.
She's a very caring person; she always has a kind word for everyone.

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Compassion (from Latin: "co-suffering") is a virtue —one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnectedness and humanism —foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and personhood.

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Defintion - fond (fnd) adj. fond·er, fond·est
  1. Having a strong liking, inclination, or affection: fond of ballet; fond of my nieces and nephews.
  2. Affectionate; tender: a fond embrace.
  3. Immoderately affectionate or indulgent; doting: fond grandparents who tended to spoil the child.
  4. Cherished; dear: my fondest hopes.
  5. Archaic Naively credulous or foolish.

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Generally as a verb like refers to a fondness for something or someone. Example:

  • I like traveling.

Like can be used to express a feeling of attraction between two people, weaker than love and distinct from itin important ways. It does not necessarily imply a romantic attraction. Examples:

  • Marc likes Denise.
  • Sarah likes George Bush.

In online communities (social networking or media sharing portals, e.g on Facebook or YouTube), dedicated visual Graphical user interface elements (icons, buttons etc.) provide for users option to like certain persons, groups, pages, status, posts, comments, published links, videos, photos etc., thus displaying their personal attraction, acknowledgement or sympathy with the "liked" object, and this "liked" status will be constantly displayed. Some communities apply a "dislike" option (as opposed to "like"), some even make possible to withdraw one's "like". Latter action is called "unlike". Examples:

  • You like this.
  • You and 17 other persons like this.
  • John Doe likes your link.

The word can also be redoubled (often in a more juvenile sense) to indicate a more romantic interest, often with increased stress on the first 'like.' The functional basis for this repetition is a heavy emphasis on the root meaning of 'like,' which is 'to favor.'

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Sentimentality is both a literary device used to induce a tender emotional response disproportionate to the situation at hand, and thus to substitute heightened and generally uncritical feeling for normal ethical and intellectual judgments, and a heightened reader response willing to invest previously prepared emotions to respond disproportionately to a literary situation. "A sentimentalist", Oscar Wilde wrote Alfred Douglas, "is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it." Yeats wrote, "Rhetoric is fooling others. Sentimentality is fooling yourself

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Tenderness can mean:

  • a tendency to express warm, compassionate, or affectionate feelings
  • delicate or intimate physical contact
  • tenderness (medicine) – pain or discomfort when an affected area is touched
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