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Are You In Love? 6 Signs of Infatuation That You Are Confusing With Love

Are you infatuated or in love? What are the signs of Infatuation?

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Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can’t even think straight.  – Marilyn French

 

We wish we could believe Marilyn, but is love really insanity? Or is insanity for someone a sign of infatuation? 

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Love is supposed to be crazy, irrational and sans logic. That’s what we believe. And why not? Every time we see the object of our affection, we go mad with feelings. We want to keep beholding them until we are satisfied. And we never seem to be satisfied. We are never bored with our beloved. When we are around him/her we are so full of crazy love that we feel dizzy in the head, fluttering feeling in the stomach and the ground below our feet seems to vanish all at once.

 

Love is powerful.

At Least once in our life, we want to experience boundless love. Once we meet someone and slightly fathom a mental connection with, we jump to the conclusion that we are in love. Sadly, there’s a high chance that we are not. 

What we are actually feeling is infatuation.

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Infatuation is an intense, overwhelming, all-consuming feeling.

One crucial distinction between love and infatuation is that when a person is infatuated with someone, the focus will merely be on what the other person makes you feel, you don’t even care about the reciprocation of feelings. However, some people easily confuse infatuation with love. Infatuation is an extravagant admiration for your beloved, which typically lasts for a short span of time. While love blooms to the fullest over time, the fire of infatuation will quickly die down. It is only after the fire has been doused that you come to realize that it was yet another fling and not real love. 

 

How to know if you are infatuated or if you are really in love? Are you confusing love with infatuation?

Some of these signs of infatuation are closely similar to love. Let’s help you differentiate them. 

 

Here are 6 Signs of Infatuation that you are confusing with love:

1. Intense, all-consuming feelings:

What infatuation looks like:

When you are infatuated with someone, you will be overcome with profoundly crippling emotions associated with the object of affection. These emotions will often come in waves and hit you right at the pit of your stomach, sometimes making you feel sick with feelings. 

What love looks like:

When you love someone your feelings for them slowly unfold. They never make you feel insane, crazy or off the grid. Love makes you feel calm, composed and settled. It soothes you.

 

 

2. Over-possessiveness:

What infatuation looks like:

When you are infatuated with someone, you want to own him/her. Every person who gets close to your love object instigates jealousy in you. You wish to be in their mind 24*7 and want all of their undivided attention. You are overcome with extreme jealousy even if someone else looks at them. 

What love looks like:

Love is wild. When you love someone, you are not scared to lose them as you do not even wish to possess them. You give them the space to bloom to their fullest, at their own pace. You set them free. 

 

 

3. Fear and anxiety:

What infatuation looks like:

Infatuation will break you down with fear and anxiety of losing the person. You will worry and overthink every trivial action and word on his/her part. Your life will center around the object of your affection as you find yourself preoccupied with recurrent thoughts of him/her. 

What love looks like:

Love does not fear the loss of your beloved. Yes. You read it right. Whether you are ready to believe this or not, if you love someone, you will never be scared of losing him/her. You know this person is ingrained in each and every of your molecule and no physical loss can separate you both. No matter who they are with, what they are thinking of, or what they are doing, you will love them anyway.

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Shreyasi Debnath
An editor and writer keeping keen interest in painting, creative writing and reading. I did my Masters in Clinical and Counselling Psychology and have been a counselling psychologist at a primary school for the past 1 year. I love doing absolutely anything that mends a mind and soothes a soul. Most often than not, I ponder over to come up with poems. A wandering soul in search for meaning.
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