When it comes to relationship talk, there is usually a big discussion on the differences between liking someone and loving them, but what we sometimes fail to consider is whether what we’re feeling is love or infatuation.
Are you scratching your head? There is a difference between love and infatuation, just like there is a difference between like and love. Similarly, sometimes it is hard to decipher what is love compared to what is actually infatuation. I get that it might be confusing because they’re both positive feelings. The differences between hate and love are obvious AF, but it’s very murky when you’re talking about one blissful feeling compared to another.
I’m here to clear it up for you. Click through the gallery to find out the slight differences between infatuation and love. Just remember that there really isn’t anything wrong whether you’re feeling love, infatuation, or something else. As long as you’re happy in your relationship, you’re good.
You Accept Someone Flaws and AllIf you are happy to take someone exactly as they are, flaws and all, that points to love. If you're wondering what supposed *flaws* I'm talking about, it may indicate being infatuated with bae. Infatuation is where you think that your SO is absolutely perfect. You could still be in the honeymoon stage and have yet to realize that even bae has little quirks and odd habits. Image source: Getty
Your Feelings For Bae Have Been Constant For AwhileThink about how long you've been with bae and whether or not your feelings have changed. In general, infatuation is very intense but short-lived. Some say that infatuation can last for about four to six months, but there really are no hard and fast rules. If you find yourself more attracted to bae than ever and you've been together for a couple years, it could be *love.* Image source: Getty
You Feel Connected To Bae On All LevelsDo you feel a strong connection to bae emotionally, mentally, and physically, or does one seem to dominate? If physical attraction wins out, it might be infatuation. If you find yourself connecting on different levels, and you want to explore all of those connections even more, the roads could be leading to love. Image source: Getty
Your Feelings Are Like A Really Intense CrushDo you describe the feelings you have towards bae like the ones you have about one of your celebrity crushes? Or, would you say that they're more complex than that? Infatuation is similar to a star crush while love has many layers. Infatuation can be forgotten about, but love continues to develop. Image source: Getty
Sex Is The First Thing You Think AboutAs soon as you see bae, are you basically drooling and picturing him/her naked? Or, was it like that to start, but now you're cool whether you hook up or you just chat? The majority of relationships will start with a cannot-keep-my-hands-off-you stage. The difference is that infatuation usually ends after a short period of time while love will continue. If it's love, you'll realize that intense infatuation cannot last forever, but you will be keen to explore other areas with bae. Image source: Getty
You Are Constantly Daydreaming About How Gorgeous Bae IsDo you fantasize about bae a lot? Do you remember the way he/she picked up their fork? Or do you love the way your SO says *yellow?* It sounds like you're in an infatuation/honeymoon stage. They key will be what happens when you come out of it. If you start focusing on being in the moment with bae, and you notice all of his/her traits, including some not-so-perfect ones, are you still down? That's love, mate. Image source: Getty
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