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On the last track, we discussed being in love. This included choice, giving, closeness, trust, caring, responsibility, respect, delight and self-awareness.
On this track, we will discuss six kinds of love that I have found beneficial in discussing with teens. These will include humankind, God, someone to help, parents, oneself, sexual longing and where sex fits.
Sarah expressed further interest in what it meant to love, as opposed to being in love. Once again, the ethical boundary issue of providing Sarah with information as opposed to appearing to encourage sexual involvement by discussing sex needs to be decided by the therapist here. The following is a further summary of what I said to Sarah over several sessions.
Understanding the Six Types of Love
Type #1 - Love for Humankind
Type #2 - Love for God
Type #3 - Love for Someone We Can Help
Type #5 - Love for Oneself
It means caring about what happens to you as well as others around you. I have found that many clinicians, myself included, believe that before you can be a truly complete person and before you can really work at loving others, you must first care for yourself.
Type #6 - Love with Sexual Longing
Where Sex Fits
Still others would not even consider having quick sex with another. This is one of those areas you may want to spend some time thinking about in order to decide what your feelings and values are. One of the things that must be carefully considered is the increased risk of casual sex. When you do not have an established relationship of caring and trust, it is more difficult to be safe from the chances of disease transmission or emotional pain.
However, it may be a mistake to assume that good sex is all there is to a good loving relationship. Likewise, it could be naïve to believe that sexual contact with another person can only be fully enjoyable and successful when loving feelings are involved. Each of us, as the individuals we are and want to be, must decide what the level of interaction between love and sex will be.
Do you have a Sarah who might benefit from hearing this track in your next session?
On this track, we have discussed six kinds of love. These have included humankind, God, someone to help, parents, oneself, sexual longing and where sex fits.
On the next track, we will discuss saying no to sex. To provide my teen clients with methods for avoiding unwanted sexual advances, I review with them 3 steps to not having to say NO. These three steps are plan ahead, look for signs of possible problems, and know how to communicate your feelings.
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