Different Types of Hearts for Valentine’s Day

By on January 15, 2013 – Updated on February 24, 2013

If you have to choose, what kind of heart do you want to have or to be with this Valentine’s Day? A well-experienced heart or a neophyte heart?

A well-experienced heart has gone through a lot of ups and down, while a neophyte heart can be considered as newbie. When dealing with emotion, these two obviously differ but we cannot say that the latter is immature.

During college, we happen to talk about ‘emotion’ in our Psychology class and it was discussed that it is not the heart which controls our emotion. It is not the heart which controls attachment but the hypothalamus. Surprising?

The hypothalamus is a portion of the brain that contains a number of small nuclei with a variety of functions. It controls body temperature, hunger, important aspects of parenting, attachment behaviors, thirst, fatigue, sleep, and circadian cycles.

But why heart is the popular symbol of love and affection?

The heart as symbol is believed to be the seat of the human soul, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are used as prevalent symbols representing love. It is also believed to have spiritual or divine attributes.

Even many classical philosophers and scientists, including a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristotle, considered the heart the seat of thought, reason or emotion, often rejecting the value of the brain.

More often, a heart symbol is colored with red or pink as this two colors are associated with love and affection, but to give other different meaning, other colors are also applied into it. A yellow heart means a jealous heart, an orange heart is sweet, a purple heart is regal, a black heart is grief and so on.

Math Heart

But, do you know that there are mathematical curves that are heart-shaped? The well-known heart-shaped curves is the cardioid. However there are other heart curves that are given by different mathematical equation such as shown below.

Heart Curves

Illustration from Wolfram MathWorld

Among these heart curves, the sixth looks best.

From Mathematics, let us proceed to Botany. ^_^

Ther are several plants associated with heart as well. The bleeding heart is the most popular among them, and the next are some of the  anthurium species.

Bleeding heart plant is  any of various perennial herbs of the genus Dicentra, especially the Old World D. spectabilis, having arching clusters of pink to red or sometimes white, heart-shaped flowers. Anthurium is a large genus of about 600–800 (possibly 1,000) species of flowering plants, belonging to the arum family (Araceae).

Graphics Heart

In grpahics design, heart is illustrated many different ways and different look depending on the style of the graphic designer. Sometimes a bunch collection of flowers or a group of butterflies in a shape of heart. Or a heart-shaped ribbon. Here are some of them. Click the image to download. Graphics credit: freedesignfile.com



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About Jyppe A. Quidores

A graphic designer and visual merchandising specialist. He provides visual communication solutions for retailers.