Oct 28, 2022 in Life Coaching
Is it Love or Infatuation?
It's time to understand the difference.
How do I fix a marriage after cheating??
My husband of 5 years has cheated on me. I'm heartbroken. Can I fix our marriage?? Is there hope for us?? Will things get better? Please help
Am I over reacting? Am I the one in the wrong no him
Ok I've been with my boyfriend for 3 years now and he denied cheating on me but everything points to the opposite he's gone to spend the night with his baby moma and her kids in a hotel he rated me put to her when I called the cops on her for her vandalizing my car he would defend her when I would bring thing up about her and he has a video of her playing with her self am I wrong for being mad?
We both have insecurities and trust issues due to past relationships... So, there's the back and forth accusations, yelling, name calling, etc. We are both extremely jealous and have no communication skills. We love each other but sometimes Love isn't enough to make someone understand that you aren't going to hurt them. How can we help each other overcome these issues?
Idk what to do
My boyfriend and I have been fighting because he found some old messages that I had when we started going out, the messages are not bad the conversations where just like hi and bye kind of thing but because I told him I wasn't talking to anyone he's mad but da whole time he was still hanging out with his baby momma behind my back and he would delete all his messages to her so I wouldn't see them
Lost and confused at a crossroads
My boyfriend and I have been together for seven years now. We have had a very tumultuous relationship both of us have hurt each other very much on each parts. But he’s done a lot more wrong it has no accountability. But my question is how do you handle it because anytime I try to talk to him about anything he automatically yells at me, deflects, accuse me of cheating. How do you go about handling
How can I get my teen to confide in me
I've been trying to get my son to confide in me about why he is feeling so depressed. He is 15 years old and a very good teen but have no idea why he is so withdrawn and quiet. Please help me I cant bear to see him like this
What do I do?
I'm not sure what to do. Recently separated mom with 2 young girls and pregnant with my 3rd.
I took my son's Ipad away because I'm at my wit's end with him.
He is so addicted and doesn’t want to do anything else. Can anyone tell me whether I did the right thing or am I being too harsh?
It's 3 y I divorced and we have shared custody of 2 lovely kids. Any advice on how to make them understand that divorced parents is ok?
What should I do?
My son is acting out in school and giving people the middle finger and running around and hitting when he is restrained and he also has speech apraxia and may have ADHD
The many facets of attraction are just as plentiful as the types of human relationships, but there is nothing quite comparable to the overwhelming emotions that accompany a new romantic or sexual partnership. In some cases, the earnestness of these feelings may make it difficult to distinguish the difference between love and infatuation.
What is Infatuation?
The infatuation definition varies significantly from the definition of love. Infatuation is all-consuming, addictive, and unreasonable. It moves in a rush and can take over your life to the point that the infatuation is all that defines you. This type of attraction is dangerous, as infatuated individuals often ignore their true needs and the needs of their partner.
There is no satisfaction in infatuation—only disappointment and emptiness.
You may experience infatuation symptoms such as:
- Recklessness (performing high-risk sexual behaviors, for example);
- Jealousy or possessiveness;
- A tendency to neglect other important parts of your life (family, school, or work);
- Intrusive thoughts;
- Stress and exhaustion.
Infatuation vs. Love
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While love and infatuation are both extraordinarily intense feelings, the differences between them are many.
Infatuation may be more common at the beginning of a relationship when the attraction is all-consuming and sexual desire trumps the development of deeper emotions. Love, on the other hand, develops at a steadier pace. While mutual love between partners results in a healthy and fulfilling relationship, long-term infatuation will more often lead to a feeling of loneliness.
We’ve reviewed some symptoms of infatuation, but what about love? It looks quite different. Those in love may experience signs of a healthy relationship including:
- Proceeding at a pace comfortable for both members of the relationship;
- Mutual trust and honesty;
- Enrichment in parts of life outside of the relationship;
- The ability to maintain personal space and boundaries;
- Thoughtful communication surrounding sexual activity.
Does Infatuation Turn into Love?
Simply put, there is no straightforward answer to this. At times, it can go away and no deeper feelings are developed for the other person. However, infatuation can turn into love.
Start by asking yourself whether you can see yourself being romantically involved with this person and if you can stay committed in the long-run.
If you’re having trouble distinguishing love vs. infatuation in your life, we recommend that you seek the Expertise of an Online Counselor, Life Coach, or Therapist to help you. You can read articles written by them, follow the topic "relationship" to stay updated on the latest and even book a session to get the personalized help that's tailored to your needs.
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