Platonic love

non-romantic love

Platonic love or platonic relationship means a close relationship between two people that is not sexual.[1] It means a non-romantic relationship, usually between heterosexual (opposite sex) friends.[2]

The term is named after the philosopher Plato, although the philosopher never used the term himself. He was the first to describe this kind of love.[3] Plato calls this his theory of erôs (meaning "love").[3] He describes this philosophy in his dialogues the Phaedrus and the Symposium.[4] Like many in his society, Plato was most interested in the same-sex relationships between older and younger men.[4] But his theory can apply to other kinds of erotic relationships as well.[4] Platonic love includes a sexual desire that is overcome by a stronger desire and appreciation for friendship.[4]

A Platonic relationship is a type of relationship between two people in which the primary focus is emotional or spiritual rather than physical and sexual - often described as "friendship with benefits". This type of relationship generally lacks any kind of romantic, emotional, or physical commitment.[2]


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