It’s tricky. Meeting someone you like on a certain level, going on dates and spending time with them. How do you know if you’re just infatuated or in love? Read our tips below.
The first sign is that you’re not obsessing over them.
Do they have flaws but you still like them regardless? You may be in love. Part of love is knowing that the person you’re in a relationship with isn’t perfect. Yet, you can look over this because of how much you connect with them. Infatuation on the other hand… you can’t go a day without obsessing over them. Every waking thought is of them, and essentially you worship the ground they walk on.
It’s important to note that infatuation and love can overlap.
It only becomes unhealthy when your world begins to completely revolve around your partner. Take a step back, and ask yourself, is this how it’s supposed to be?
Imagine your future with them. If marriage and children is something you have always wanted, can you genuinely imagine them in the picture alongside you? Or are you just physically attracted to them, and share few to no common interests.
As a rule, love should have you laughing constantly.
You should be able to completely be yourself around the other person. Feeling uncomfortable, or like you need to be perfect all the time is a sure sign this relationship will not last. Keeping up an act is not a way to live, and quite frankly is not fair to you or your partner.
Finally, the main thing to remember is that relationships should be both fun and equal.
If you feel your partner is giving more than taking, or you seem vastly more interested in them, have a conversation. Finding out where both of you stand is essential, and can help you figure out whether or not you are truly in love.
Have you ever been infatuated or in love? Let us know in the comments!
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Louis is a senior at Viterbo University in La Crosse Wisconsin, majoring in Organizational Communication with a minor in Marketing. He hopes to get into the sports industry and handle media aspects for college or professional teams. In his free time he volunteers with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, and is on the Cross Country and Track and Field Team for his school.