How to Understand Platonic Love and Friendship

Platonic love has been the subject of countless books and poems. Today, the terms platonic love and platonic relationship have come to mean a relationship between individuals, marked by the absence of physical romance or sex.

A society like ours can look at platonic love with suspicion, but what needs to be understood is that platonic love is the transformation of sexual desire into other types of love. Platonic love looks beyond the physical body, and is based on the deep pleasure that can be felt in another’s company.

Platonic love does not condemn the physical, but depends on a spiritual, non-judgemental bond between two people – what they do with it, after the inner bond is made, is up to them – after all, philosophy says there are 7 types of love, so the possibilities are endless!

The definition of platonic is a relationship that is only a friendship and doesn't involve sexual activity. An example of platonic is the type of friendship shared by a man and a woman who are married to other people.

Love is an emotional attachment with a special person expressed through action, care and affection and it is bond between people. Different types of love exist for different relationships. For example, a mother and daughter have familial love, partners have romantic love. The love between friends is platonic love. Platonic describes a relationship that is purely spiritual and not physical. If a guy and a girl hang out all the time but aren't boyfriend and girlfriend, they'd describe their friendship as platonic.