You can get into all kinds of trouble IF you fail to understand something about the nature of perversion and love.
Perversion: This is a word not heard much in today’s world. The verb to pervert literally means “to lead astray” or “to misdirect”; and perversion usually is used in the moral sense to refer to something that leads a person away from what’s good or right.
Love is a wondrous state, deep, tender, and rewarding.
Because of its intimate and personal nature it is regarded by some as an improper topic for experimental research. But, whatever our personal feelings may be, our assigned mission as psychologists is to analyze all facets of human and animal behavior into their component variables.
So far as love or affection is concerned, psychologists have failed in this mission.
The little we know about love does not transcend simple observation, and the little we write about it has been written better by poets and novelists. But of greater concern is the fact that psychologists tend to give progressively less attention to a motive which pervades our entire lives.
Psychologists, at least psychologists who write textbooks, not only show no interest in the origin and development of love or affection, but they seem to be unaware of its very existence.
The apparent repression of love by modem psychologists stands in sharp contrast with the attitude taken by many famous and normal people. The word “love” has the highest reference frequency of any word cited in Bartlett’s book of Familiar Quotations. It would appear that this emotion has long had a vast interest and fascination for human beings, regardless of the attitude taken by psychologists; but the quotations cited, even by famous and normal people, have a mundane redundancy. These authors have stolen love from the child and infant and made it the exclusive property of the adolescent and adult.