LOVE OR INFATUATION? This is the question people in love ask most of the time. This article will attempt to show the differences from this author’s point of view.
Love or Infatuation: Why the Confusion?
Both love and infatuation are characterized by a deep feeling of affection and passion. This means the occurrence of such feeling could be an indication of either love or infatuation.
This common characteristic has become a source of confusion for many. They do not know now which is which.
Since this feeling presents itself very strongly when one gets attracted to another, a person often focuses on it in describing the situation he is in. He says he is “in love”.
Loving vs. Being “In Love”
He who experiences this feeling at the initial stage of relationship says he is “in love”. He who continues to experience it beyond says he “loves”. Both are right. So, what is the difference?
True love does not exist at the initial stage. If it endures for a long period of time, affectionate feelings could be an indication of true love. Infatuation stops where true love goes beyond.
Love vs. Infatuation
The wrong assumption resulting from this confusion has been responsible for the rush into marriage. This is a dangerous decision, if based on feelings one does not understand. So, let us now distinguish one from another.
- Infatuation Is Selfish; Love Is Selfless
- Infatuation Is Illusory; Love Is Realistic
- Infatuation Is Transitory; Love is Enduring
Infatuation is all about getting; true love is all about giving.
If you ask someone why he loves you and he answers by pointing at your qualities, beware! He does not love you. He loves your qualities.
He loves your qualities because they please him. He wants to be pleased, because he loves himself – NOT YOU, my dear.
So, when your qualities disappear, he breaks up with you. He is no longer GETTING what he wants.
A truly loving person thinks more of you than of himself. He GIVES for the benefit of you, without expecting anything in return. He continues to give, until and even if it hurts.
The infatuated person does not see you as you really are. Emotional excitement has blurred his vision of your reality. He sees an illusion, thinking one or more of your pleasing qualities make you perfect.
Your glaring qualities outshine your imperfections, like the brightness of the sun hiding from view the darkness of outer space at daytime. When brightness fades, he sees the darkness. When the emotional excitement settles down, he sees your imperfections.
He may or may not accept your imperfections. If he does not, he usually terminates your relationship. If he does, then he starts his journey to turning his infatuation into love.
A person who turns his infatuation into true love likewise sees the imperfections, but sees beauty in them, like the darkness of an evening sky adorned by the moon and the stars.
In fact, he even finds your beautiful attributes heightened by your imperfections. For, how can one have true appreciation of beauty, if he does not have knowledge of ugliness?
It is for this reason that infatuation is transitory. Infatuation does not last, since your imperfections begin to develop distaste in him for you.
True love is not dependent on any of your qualities. He loves you for what you are, not for what you have. When your beauty fades and your other desirable qualities disappear, his love endures, because YOU ARE STILL THERE.
Falling in Love vs. Growing in Love
One falls in love, and gets infatuated. Another grows in love, and loves truly.
Falling in love is a sudden occurrence, just like when an intoxicated person falls unexpectedly into a pit. Growing in love is a slow, gradual process, like a plant extending its branches upwards and taking deep roots downwards.
On many occasions, one who falls in love falls out of love. But one who grows in love usually does not reverse his progress because of the momentum that has been initiated.
Love may start to grow when the individuals come to their senses after their infatuating experience. Unlike infatuation, it does not arrive in neat packages. It has to be worked for and built up, many times with tears and blood.
For it to bloom, love has to be watered like a plant, and bathed daily with the sunshine of joy and optimism. It has to be cultivated gently, and handled with tender loving care.
Final Words of Advice
Do not renounce infatuation because it is not true love. Infatuation is the beginning of true love.
Beautiful qualities are what made you fall for a person in the first place. But remember that nobody is perfect. Time will eventually reveal undesirable qualities that may put an end to your infatuation.
If you want to cultivate true love, these qualities are what you have to learn to accept. Beautiful qualities make you fall in love, but the ugly ones help you grow in love.