What is Love Addiction?
Love Addiction is as common nowadays as it is hard to recognise. That is mainly because pop-culture has been teaching us, for decades, that life cannot be complete until we find our better half and that, when we do, we must go out of our way to keep them. This kind of single-minded perspective can lead to destructive patterns of behaviour such as co-dependency, low self-esteem, fear of abandonment, panic attacks and anxiousness.
Spending an excessive amount of time and effort on people who are neglecting you is one of the main characteristics of love addiction. There’s also a recurrence in falling in love with people who fail to return affection and are emotionally unavailable, also called Avoidant partners. The challenge of getting such a person’s attention triggers a high in the mind of the love addict. Moreover, even if the person addicted to love knows that the relationship is toxic for them, they will stay either way, due to the fear of abandonment and loneliness.