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Symptoms of Love Addiction
- Love addicts confuse intense romance with love.
- Love addicts confuse intense sexual experiences with love.
- Love addicts experience painful love cravings when not in a relationship.
- Love addicts fall in love easily and confuse first sight attraction with ‘true’ love.
- Love addicts feel compelled to please their partner, even to cost of dismissing their own needs.
- Love addicts are fearful to see their partner unhappy due to a fear of abandonment.
- Are you addicted to love? Do you give too much love? Do you fall in painful love with unsuitable or unavailable partners?
FALLING IN LOVE
Falling in love in its healthy form takes place between two individuals who feel attracted to one-another and may, after a period of dating, fall in love. This blissful time, also called honeymoon or scientifically limerence, is a biological brain state of heightened neurotransmitters, and is destined to wane after several months. A relationship may have established at this point with both partners entering into an interrelating commitment with sound emotional intimacy boundaries and retaining their sense of self and individuality.
WHAT IS LOVE ADDICTION
Love addiction, in contrast, is a pathological attachment to intense limerence feelings, without being able to create a true emotional intimacy balance. Love addicts tend to form obsessional attachment bonds of adoration, passion, romance, and blind love without boundaries to cost of losing their sense of self and sight of their own needs. Some love addicts depend on love to a degree of tolerating abuse from their partners, and are unable to leave their toxic relationships. Women and men can get addicted to love, however, love addiction presents as a predominantly female problem. Check your love addiction symptoms with our FREE love addiction self screening test.
SYMPTOMS OF LOVE ADDICTION
Love addiction may develop upon childhood neglect and love deprivation. Love deprivation may develop into love addiction with affected individuals finding relief in compensating their unfulfilled love hunger with extensive romantic love-fantasy, and real-life love affairs.
Love addiction presents in cycles of highs and withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms occur upon loss, or perceived loss, of love. Symptoms can be mild to severe and may present as intense feelings of painful rejection, fear of abandonment, unworthiness of love, low self esteem, loss of identity, confusion, despair, extreme anger, rage, intense love cravings, sadness, emerging depression, and, in the extreme, homicidal or suicidal thoughts or actions.
Because love addicts are exposed to considerable risk of filling an almost bottomless need for love and acceptance in their own lives, their ability to accurately assess their partners motivation for relationship is diminished. Love addicts blur their own romantic expectations with their partners reality and are susceptible to high risk of rejection, abuse, and emotional distress.
Painful disappointments may be too severe to bare for some. Love addicts find relief in dismissing, blaming, devaluing, and punishing their partner and hastily trying to fill the gap with pursuing new passion.
Love addicts are not primarily concerned with sex, but tend to act out sex to please their partners sexual demands as a means to bonding. Love addicts are at risk of lacking good judgement of how much sex they should give, and may become victims of sexual exploitation, or seeking safety in sexual withdrawal.
DEVELOPMENT OF LOVE ADDICTION
Love addiction development may begin in early childhood with dysfunctional attachment to secure parental love and nurture. Secure love attachment in childhood is an essential predisposition for healthy psycho-emotional stability in later life. Love addiction development can be explained as compensation for love deprivation in childhood, and filling the void with unconditional love searching in adulthood.
LOVE & RELATIONSHIP ADDICTION TREATMENT
If you find yourself repeating a cycle of consuming love and painful rejection, you may be a love addict. Confidential private and specialised love addiction treatment and counselling offered by Sex Addiction Australia in Sydney, can help you breaking the cycle of addiction, and creating healthy relationships.
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