Clyde Hendrick and Susan Hendrick of Texas Tech University expanded on this theory in the mid-1980s with their extensive research on what they called "love styles". They have found that men tend to be more ludic, whereas women tend to be storgic and pragmatic. Mania is often the first love style teenagers display. Relationships based on similar love styles were found to last longer. People often look for people with the same love style as themselves for a relationship. These styles are akin to the Greek types of love.
Oh, doesn't it all make perfect sense now! I wish I had known these love styles from my first inkling of "love," it would have streamlined the matter so much more, if I were able to say, "Oh, this is not pragma, this is ludus! No, it's mania!" And would have moved on in much more efficient fashion. Yes, I've known plenty of ludics in my day.
Today's comment on love also goes out to a dog I knew, for whom I certainly felt an agape. He was a sweet little thing, English by bloodline and 100% heart. He was 7. I'm sending a peppermint up to doggie heaven.