Your heart flutters when you see them, and you think about them every moment you’re a part! What are those intense feelings you’re experiencing?
Sometimes it’s hard to know the difference between love and lust—and while love and lust can overlap, they are not the same.
According to Merriam-Webster, Love is defined in part as “affection based on admiration, warm attachment, enthusiasm or devotion.”
Meanwhile, lust is defined as “intense sexual desire or an intense longing.”
Here Are Signs Of Lust:
You have obsessive thoughts. You’re constantly thinking about this person. You imagine scenarios and replay moments, and it goes on and on.
You want to be around them all the time, you want to see them as much as you can, you can’t get enough of them…
You think they can do no wrong, they have no flaws- this person is perfect for you!
You don’t know them but you desire them.
The sexual attraction is super strong, the heat is intense- The cravings are through the roof and when you see them, wow!
Your outlook is clouded. You crave their company, but also may feel confused. Is there something substantial there…or are you in a lusty bubble?
You don’t feel accepted, maybe you sometimes feel uncomfortable. Or you’re afraid to truly be yourself.
Signs It’s Love:
You have affectionate thoughts. You can fondly think about this person, but it doesn’t derail your day. They can make you smile, but you’re in no way obsessed.
You want their company, in a balanced way. You still live your life but light up when you see them.
You can see and accept their flaws. You know they’re not perfect, and that’s okay. You can accept their weird sock collection and that silly way they laugh.
You understand them…and still, like them.
The attraction is there, but it’s not the only draw.
You can see things. There may be a few issues, but you’re comfortable working through them.
You can put the other person before yourself. Love is showing empathy and sacrifice.