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Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. There are many kinds of love, but most people seek its expression in a romantic relationship with a compatible partner. For many, romantic relationships comprise the most meaningful aspect of life, providing a source of deep fulfillment.
In the majority of non-human animals, “mating” typically refers to sexual activity specifically for the purposes of reproduction. In humans, mating is much less simple, and can involve anything from casual dating to meaningless sex to long-term romantic relationships.
Indulging in fantasies—the imaginary, daydream-like scenarios that we play out in our heads—may seem like a waste of time, but the truth is that they are far from frivolous. Most fantasies, whether conscious or unconscious, serve a specific purpose: They can be entertaining, distracting, frightening, or, in the case of sexual fantasies, arousing.