Love Vs. Infatuation
Being in a relationship does not necessarily mean you’re ‘in love’ or even on the road to love. Monica Parikh, a dating and relationship coach, points out some telltale differences between love and infatuation. Liking, or being infatuated with someone happens fast, whereas love needs a much stronger foundation, she explains.
Liking Someone Can Be An Obsession
“Love understands that true intimacy is developed over a long time and through many seasons of life,” Parikh says. On the other hand, liking or being infatuated with someone can become an obsession. You might stalk them on social media or be desperate for them to text. But love is very different and much deeper than the infatuation stage of a relationship.
Love Withstands Conflict
If a major conflict befalls a couple who are in the ‘like’ stage of their relationship, this is likely to be the end for them. “In infatuation, when one partner hurts the other, the trauma pulls apart the relationship. In love, each partner sees the trauma as the catalyst for deeper intimacy and understanding,” Parikh explains.