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Are You Loving Yourself This Valentine’s Day? It’s All Greek to Me

Posted by Théda Page | Feb 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

February is the month of love, but what type of love? The Greeks gave us many terms: Eros, Phileo, Pragma, and Philautia, to name a few. While Valentine's Day may put Eros center stage on February 14, the other types of love consume far more of our time and attention year-round. All of them can be good reasons for you to love yourself enough to declare bankruptcy.


Most of us are familiar with eros and erotic love. As healthy adults, physical love is as important as three daily meals. Yet science informs us that financial worry and stress can affect sex drive. As reported in VeryWellMind, worrying about money can:

  • Decrease libido
  • Create a fight-or-flight response
  • Cause anxiety
  • Bring on depression
  • Release hormones that decrease sex drive

Bankruptcy may not be very sexy, but turning to it to resolve financial straits can improve your sex life. That is just one of many benefits to declaring bankruptcy and getting your financial house in order.


Phileo (as in Phileo Adelphos, Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love) is friendship, the love or goodwill you feel for others. Love of friends and relatives could be the reason you are in a tough financial bind. You may have overextended yourself because of a generous heart.

Giving money to relatives and friends — to cover a car payment, fix a broken water heater, or resolve a gambling debt — may make you feel good inside. But if you do too much, you risk ruin.

If you have given so much of yourself that you are in financial difficulties, bankruptcy can restore your reserves and bring back that eagerness to help others.

Bankruptcy is therapeutic; it can make you feel friendlier to others. Most of us are not bad people, and we truly do not want to behave badly toward others. Most Texans want to resolve their debts with honor and dignity.

Bankruptcy is the pressure relief valve you need to get back that sense of goodwill toward others.


The words pragma and pragmatic do not align by coincidence; pragma love is practical. It is the “we'll make this work” mentality that helps many relationships survive adversity.

Unfortunately when everyone in the house is feeling worn down but struggling to keep going, all that can be left in the emotional cupboard is a pragmatic sense that “we've got to make this work.”

Love yourself and your relationships enough to know when you need help. Make a call to a bankruptcy attorney and get the outside expertise that will lift your spirits. Sheltered from creditors and knowing your home is safe from foreclosure, you can once again feel fulfilled, happy, blessed.


Self-love, or philautia, can be good or bad. Overdone is no fun; narcissists take philautia to unhealthy levels. But for most of us, a bit of self-esteem and a streak of confidence help us get up life's tougher hills and minor mountains.

But when every day throws ever-bigger boulders at you and when financial shortfalls become weekly, wearying events, your sense of self can diminish. You can become depressed. You can feel worthless watching creditors evaluate you using only money. Will nobody recognize your other good qualities?

Bankruptcy can be a bit of a test: do you love yourself enough to seek help, to make your situation better and brighter, and to get out from under the boulders of debt? Can you love yourself enough to realize you are more than a bank account, and you are better than a past-due bill?


The ancient Greeks, those fun-loving folks who named erotic, pragmatic, and self love, did not have bankruptcy. If you owed more than you had, you became a debt slave. Simple, demeaning, life-altering: debt slavery.

The modern Greek word for “bankrupt” is chreokopiménos, the Greek translation of the Italian words banca rotta, meaning “broken bench.” Why? Money lenders in Renaissance Italy did their work on open-air benches.

If not only the benches in your house are broken, if your bank accounts and piggy banks are shattered, if medical debt or job loss has replaced love, romance, and self-esteem under your roof, you need the help of a bankruptcy attorney.

If finances are all Greek to you, a bankruptcy attorney can lay things out clearly. With your attorney's help, you can understand your personal financial picture.

Without a clear path to financial relief, you will give up ever-larger pieces of your life until you see yourself only as creditors see you: a slave to numbers. What is the solution? To file bankruptcy and rekindle all the many kinds of love inside yourself.

Gather yourself up, reach inside and find that last ounce of self-love, that philautia, and make the call today to The Page Law Firm at 214-618-2101 or reach out to us online. From our Frisco offices we serve all of Collin and Denton counties and the surrounding area. We can serve you, too!

About the Author

Théda Page

Théda Page's practice of law is motivated by the desire to help people through difficult circumstances. She spends time with her clients in order to understand their needs so that she can provide them with comprehensive and quality representation.


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