Storge (/ˈstɔːrɡɪ/, from the
Ancient Greek word στοργή
storgē) or familial love refers to natural or instinctual
affection, such as the love of a parent towards offspring and
In social psychology, another term for love between good friends is
4 See also
6 Further reading
Storge is a wide-ranging force which can apply between family members,
friends, pets and owners, companions or colleagues; it can also blend
with and help underpin other types of tie such as passionate love or
Thus storge may be used as a general term to describe the love between
exceptional friends, and the desire for them to care compassionately
for one another.
Sometimes the term is used to refer to the love between married
partners who are committed and plan to have a long relationship
together, particularly as a fundamental relational foundation after
initial infatuation (limerence)
Another interpretation for storge is to be used to describe a sexual
relationship between two people that gradually grew out of a
friendship—storgic lovers sometimes cannot pinpoint the moment
that friendship turned to love. Storgic lovers are friends first,
and the friendship, and the storge, can endure even beyond the breakup
of the sexual relationship. They want their significant others to
also be their best friends, and will choose their mates based on
similar goals and interests – homogamy. Storgic lovers place much
importance on commitment, and find that their motivation to avoid
committing infidelity is to preserve the trust between the two
partners. Children and marriage are seen as legitimate long-term aims
for their bond, while passionate sexual intensity is of lesser
importance than in other love styles.
Advantages of storgic love may be the level of how one loves their
family and understands each other. In addition, two people who are
deeply devoted to one another can feel the intimacy that they share.
The main disadvantages of storgic love may be the large time
investment and the loss of that investment if the friendship ends.
Greek words for love
The Four Loves
^ a b Collins English Dictionary
^ Walter Hooper, C. S. Lewis: A Companion & Guide (1996) p. 369-70
^ a b c d Strong B, Yarber WL, Sayad BW, Devault C (2008). Human
sexuality: diversity in contemporary America (6th ed.). New York:
McGraw-Hill. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-07-312911-2.
^ Hooper, p. 370
^ B. Strong et al., The
Family Experience (2010) p. 150
Family Experience p. 149
^ C. Gottschalk, How to Heal After Heartbreak (2013) p. 252
^ J. S. Greenberg, Empowering Health Decisions (2013) p. 234
^ Gottschalk, p. 252
Lee JA (1973). The colors of love: an exploration of the ways of
Lee JA (1988). "
Love styles" in Barnes MH, Sternberg RJ. The
psychology of love.
Lewis CS (1960). The four loves.
Wood JT (2009). Interpersonal communication: everyday encounters.
Nephew and niece
Grandnephew and grandniece
Australian Aboriginal kinship
Agape (parental love)
Eros (marital love)
Storge (familial love)
National Grandparents Day
Sociology of the family
Museum of Motherhood
The Four Loves
The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis
Greek words for love: Agape