Are Love Laws Breaking Your Relationship?

Love Laws are the things that must happen to you for you to feel loved. They tend to follow a simple If-Then framework.

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What determines whether you feel loved or rejected?

If your partner comes up to you and says “you’re needy,” do you laugh or cry?

Even though we speak the same language with our partner, each of us swims in a sea of private meanings. Growing up in different families with unique life experiences has given each of us separate dictionaries on love.

Our dictionary sets the standard that governs not only how we feel, but how we behave, what we do, and how we act in our lives.

The meaning we give the experiences in our relationship is the judge and jury of our love life. These are what I call Love Laws.

If someone asks you, “are you a good lover?”

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Your response is dependent on the laws of what a great lover means to you.

Is it based on the fact that you’ve made love to your partner, even if it lasted 7 seconds?
Is it the fact that you feel good about yourself? Or are you only a good lover when your partner can have an orgasm?

Too often, partners follow the love of your partner how you want to be loved rule. When they do this, they’re leaving their partner in the cold rain of not feeling love the way they want it to be felt.

When our partners do not feel love the way they want, they feel like they are walking on eggshells. It erodes trust and pushes us towards the betrayal or death of the relationship.

How Love Laws Work

Love Laws are the things that must happen to you for you to feel loved. They tend to follow a simple If-Then framework.

Love Laws work like this: If X happens, then I feel Y.

Love Law Examples:

If Kyle comes over tonight, it means our relationship is important to him.
If Lacey writes me a love note, then I know she loves me.
If Jimmy texts me back, then he desires me.

Broken Love Law Examples:

If Kelly is late for our dinner, she doesn’t respect or care for me.
If Tom doesn’t kiss me goodbye, that means he is cheating on me.
If Alex doesn’t sleep with me tonight, then she must be thinking of divorce.

Love Laws exist to shortcut the meaning of our lives. Our love laws come from the love and rejection we feel while we are growing up. When we do certain things that our parents didn’t like, we got punished. We received pain. We got ignored.

If we did things they liked, we got acknowledged, and we got feedback that made us feel good. Maybe it was physical feedback (a hug), verbal feedback (“I’m proud of you!”), or emotional feedback. Whatever it was, it made us feel good about ourselves.

These experiences allowed us to link up a cause-and-effect thought process.

If I do this, I avoid the painful feeling of rejection. If I do this, I get attention (even negative) and feel loved. This is how we create laws. If I have this law, then I will always feel loved. If I have this law, then I will avoid rejection.

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How Love Laws Make Your Relationship Heaven or Hell

Love Laws are designed to speed up the decision process. Could you imagine if we had to go through every single experience in our lives and analyze it? This would be paralysis by analysis.

Love Laws make it simple: does this person love me, or not? Am I risking myself too much? If I do this, will I be loved?

The problem is that by doing this, we simplify our love lives and how our partner treats us. We start reacting instead of responding.

Maybe you have a love law that states: if my partner isn’t on time for our date, then he is obviously flirting with that girl from his office.

So when he does show up at the date a few minutes late even with the special order flowers he bought, you’re all pissed off at him and deleting the fact that he was late due to the florist taking her time making a special bouquet of flowers for you.

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Kyle Benson
I've had the privilege of working with men and women on a wide range of relationship issues. I've helped individuals:Leave toxic relationships to find a healthy relationship that makes them feel calm, grateful for the person in their life, and deeply valued by their partner Close the emotional distance between partners so they feel deeply connected to each otherResolve relationship conflict, leading the couple to become closer and more loving than they ever thought imaginable Remove sexual anxiety to create intensely passionate and longer-lasting sexUse problems in the relationship as catalysts to help individuals grow into their highest potential (and become more awesome lovers)Our coaching sessions are tailored towards reaching solutions that improve your relationship quickly. Read more about my coaching programmes here, Relationship Coaching or Email me at [email protected]
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