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Love Addiction

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Love addiction is not really about love is a human behavior in which people become addicted to the feeling of being in love.

Many love addicts take on many different behaviors and fears. Love addiction is closer to codependency than love. It is rooted in an unhealthy dependency and poor self-esteem. 
Love addiction is common; however, most love addicts do not realize they are addicted to love. Love addiction can be treated with various recovery techniques at a therapist or treatment center; most treatments are similar to recovery from other addictions such as sex addiction and alcoholism, through group meetings and support groups.

Love  Desires:
Security, Safety acceptance, Oneness, Togetherness, Serial Monogamy
 
Fears:

  • Love addicts have a great fear of abandonment
  • Underlying fear is healthy intimacy and enmeshment the core of the person who is a love addict actually sealed off.
  • Love addicts are for the most part self-contained individuals who appear strong, stable often showing avoidant or obsessive compulsive behavior
  • Love addicts often line up the next relationship before leaving current one,
    forming love triangles seeking instant closeness, looking for “magic love” feeling
  • Idealizing partner
  • Obsessing about partner
  • Talking obsessively to others about him or her
  • Acting out anger and revenge for being abandoned
  • Gets high from fantasy
  • Denies the problem
  • Trades sex for "love"
  • Love addict acts out anger & revenge
  • Unable to trust in relationships
  • Often turns to affairs and addictive sex

 
Causes of Love Addictioni
Love Addiction is just like any other compulsion type addiction except that it has to do with relationships of love. The unhealthy pattern of relationships develops in the individual long before the romantic relationship is found. 

Causes of Love Addiction may Include:
 

  • Unrecognized needs
  • Attachment problems
  • Lack of nurturing
  • Lack of attention during childhood
  • Isolation or detachment from primary care givers
  • Emotional pain
  • Early abandonment
  • Unrecognized needs
  • Fears of rejection, pain, and lack of love

 

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