Defining love is very difficult as it can be easily confused with infatuation which has a very different meaning. While love can mean the emotions of strong affection, respect, attachment coupled with attraction and lust, all which are experienced together. A deep feeling of caring and protecting the person is always present when one is in love. Love is a feeling which lasts longer and does not disappear on a whim. Contrast it to infatuation, where one is overtaken with a strong desire or passion. It is an unreasonable emotion with no base and is only for a short duration but is generally very intense, more like an obsession.