Topics: Love, Leo Buscaglia, Human Pages: 2 (595 words) Published: November 17, 2013

Psychology 101-2001
J. Coles
October 31, 2013

Love is rarely defined because everyone experiences it differently. What one person thinks is love, another may think is infatuation or vice versa. Love is felt in different intensities; it may consume your whole being, or perhaps it’s just a little crush. Love is a verb; an action word, if you will. Buscaglia mentions common insecurities brought on by past hurts and trauma, which in turn lead to “predator versus prey” relationships. He also discusses how the fear of becoming emotionally wounded in relationships (with relatives, friends, or lovers) can keep one from taking the risk of simply connecting to another human being on even the smallest level of interaction. The basis of his books is centered around one statement: You can’t give something you don’t have, so you need to love yourself before you can really love others.

Leo Buscaglia was a great and intelligent man. He was very caring as he studied the art of love, which also became the study of life. He wrote, “It’s not enough to have lived. We should determine to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely”. His books are written like speeches, he was a great speech presenter. Buscaglia grew up in Los Angeles, and was an Italian immigrant. He was raised Roman Catholic, and later influenced by Buddhism in his adult life. He became a special Education Teacher at the University of Southern California. The biggest influence for his book was when one of his students committed suicide. It hit hard for him because he was so attached her; she was the one with the “kind eyes” you look for in a crowd when you think nobody is listening to what you have to say. He formed a non-credit class called Love that led to lectures and a text based on what was shared in the weekly classes.

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Bibliography: Buscaglia, Leo F. (1972) Love. Thorofare, NJ: Charles B. Slack. Print.
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