I do not know of any statistics. I do not know how common it is. But I do know, that I get it. I do some stuff with mine. The first thing I do is find somebody and tell them how wonderful they are to me. I like the internet. It can be immediate and yet lasting. Maybe it is not all that common. Call you mother.
Sorry to pee on your parade, but excessive love for random others is a mental condition, a really irritating condition for the targets often. I don't remeber what it is but I seem to recall it is an excess of lithium or something along those lines, another symptom of the same chemical imbalances that are involved in depression, bipolar, obsessions, etc etc.
What a wonderful and caring interpretation. I think you are right. Happy loving people are often labeled with a mental condition. And it is probably accurate to a degree. Especially when others view it jealously. But you speak of a label. Not what to do with it. Is it your suggestion that someone with too much love for others, go see a doctor?
See a doctor? If you can't moderate yourself then yes. Shakespeare had it nailed with Romeo and Juliet, where the slighlty dim-witted Romeo fell in love with love and focussed it on the first person to walk into its brightness - "What light from yonder window shines, is it the sun? No it is Juliet" to paraphrase.
Falling in love with love is to fall in love with yourself.
Very interesting. Narcissism is a very real problem. But again this question was about love for others, agape love. There are even some strange people that believe that Love is the only true commandment for their lives -- that kind of love, does not entail the diseases to which you refer.
Ah !! you mean that this love you are talking about is the religious 'love' that slides up to you and hugs you to death - as practiced by those weirdo guys in long dresses walking in front of the colonising armies of south america, bringing god and slavery to the inhabitants, the same guys who slimed their way into African kingdoms, setting up diplomatic relations and then enslaving the people. The list is endless, if this is the love you are transparently trying to hint htat you have then it is a total crock of self indulgent crap.
Very good distinction from the Love I speak of in my question. A Love for others. This would be more like Ghandi, Buddha, Dali Lama, food kitchens, shelters, medical aid, disaster relief, drug addiction counseling. The list is endless of things done in love for another. I think it was Bob Marley that proclaimed, "Love is my religion". I can't find anyone who has said "religion is my love" but I will look.
Oh - sorry. I don't know where you are in the World, but I feel certain you won't need to go far to find some one in need. In my own experience, the local Bus or Train station is a good place to start. The bigger the better. There will almost certainly be people needing feeding or pointing in a safe direction close to one of these.
Thanks a bundle Mark. You are very right. You remind me that, that is what my mom did. Scared us kids. She would just go alone at night to the train station, and sometimes she would even bring some cold traveler home.