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Difference Between Love and Care

Main Difference

The main difference between Love and Care is that Love refers to a feeling that is specifically for a particular person in your life, whereas Care refers to a feeling that can be felt by anyone, even strangers.

Love vs. Care

Love is a feeling towards someone of intense affection. Care is a feeling of great concern towards someone. The word love is used as a noun as well as a verb. As a noun, it is “a feeling of deep affection,” “feeling of great interest/pleasure in someone or something.” As a verb, it means “having great affection towards someone” “to intimate with someone” “to like or enjoy a lot” The word care is also a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means “having serious attention towards something that intends to avoid damage or risk,” “great consideration in doing something to prevent from harm,” “treating someone in a compassionate and empathetic way.”

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Love is a more intense feeling than care. The word love originates from the Old English term ‘lufu.’ The word Lufu is derived from the German language having an Indo-European root of the Sanskrit word ‘tubhyati, ‘ which means “desire.” On the other hand, the word care has a Germanic origin deriving from the old English word “caru” that comes from the old high German word “chara,” which means grief or lament.

Loving someone automatically directs you to care about him/her. But caring for someone does not necessarily mean that you love him/her. The associated feelings with love are warmth, affection, intimacy, care, attraction, etc. The feelings associated with care are empathy, kindness, concern, etc. Love refers to a feeling that is specifically for a particular person in your life. Care refers to a feeling that can be felt by anyone, even strangers.

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Comparison Chart

LoveCare
A feeling of intense affection towards someone is loveA feeling of great concern towards someone is care
Associated Feelings
Warmth, affection, care, and attractionEmpathy, kindness, concern
Kind of Commitment
Long-term commitmentShort term commitment
People
Close to youPeople you know or may don’t know
Interdependence
Loving someone means you care about themCaring for someone does not mean that you love them
Feeling Of
Intense affectionGreat concern

What is Love?

Love is an emotion that we feel towards a person that we know. However, this feeling can also be raised for any person you don’t know. In a morphological and syntactic sense, the word love is used as a noun as well as a verb. As a noun, it is “a feeling of deep affection,” “feeling of great interest/pleasure in someone or something.” As a verb, it means “having great affection towards someone” “to intimate with someone” “to like or enjoy a lot.”

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Ancient Greeks listed four types of love. These types are storge, phileo, eros, and agape. ‘Storge’ is the type of love one feels towards one’s family and relations. ‘Phileo’ is the other type of love that is platonic and, at the same time, affectionate and warm. ‘Eros’ type of love is passionate about having romantic feelings. It is specifically associated with lovers. Agape is a type of love that is unconditional or sometimes involuntary. It means that this love does not value the outer surface and accept the flaws, shortcomings, or faults of a person.

Love does not only refer to some passionate or romantic feelings towards a lover; instead, this feeling has a broader view. Storge and agape are the non-romantic types of love, and that can be found between family members and friends. But the love with family members is natural and innate. When we talk about a general perspective of love, we are talking about the desire you feel about spending your life with a specific person, and you feel lifeless without that person.

What is Care?

Care is an empathetic feeling of concern towards someone. When we analyze this word in the morphological and syntactic sense, we see that the word care is a noun as well as a verb. As a noun, it means “having serious attention towards something that intends to avoid damage or risk,” “great consideration in doing something to prevent from harm,” “treating someone in a compassionate and empathetic way.” This feeling of care can be aroused for a person you might know or don’t know.

The feeling of care can not only be for human beings. People care for their possessions, e.g., jewelry, clothes, gadgets, their pets, etc. Care also refers to ‘the act of giving a treatment by helping someone or something.’ For example, medical care, prenatal care, personal care. The word care has a Germanic origin deriving from the old English word “caru” that comes from the old high German word “chara,” which means grief or lament.

The feeling of care is deprived of any emotion like desire or attraction. It is instead a selfless feeling arising from one’s kind and gentle nature. However, care is an essential part of love. We care about things or the persons we love. Care means that we don’t want them to be harmed by any means. It is essential to remember that loving someone also denotes that you care for them, but if you care for someone, it does not mean that you love them.

Key Differences

  1. Loving is known to be a long-term commitment; on the other hand, care is a short-term commitment.
  2. The associated feelings with love are warmth, affection, intimacy, care, attraction, etc; on the converse, the feelings associated with care are empathy, kindness, concern, etc.
  3. Love refers to a feeling that is specifically for a particular person in your life; inversely, care refers to a feeling that can be felt by anyone, even strangers.
  4. Love is an involuntary feeling; on the flip side, care is not an involuntary feeling.
  5. Love is felt towards one specific person; on the contrary, care can be felt towards anyone or anything, including your jewelry or gadgets.
  6. A personal relationship is required in love; conversely, no personal relationship is not necessarily required in care.
  7. Loving someone means you care about them; on the other side, caring for someone does not necessarily mean that you love them.
  8. The word love originates from the Old English term ‘lufu.’ The word Lufu is derived from German language having an Indo-European root of the Sanskrit word ‘tubhyati’ which means “desire” while the word care has a Germanic origin deriving from the old English word “caru” that comes from the old high German word “chara” which means grief or lament.
  9. Love is a feeling towards someone of intense affection, whereas care is a feeling of great concern towards someone.

Conclusion

Love and care are the two different emotions or feelings. The difference between them is based on their intensity and nature. However, both these terms love and care are interrelated.

Aimie Carlson

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