Healthy, intimate, romantic love is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, love addiction – the endless, obsessive, dysfunctional search for romantic fulfillment – is not. When individuals are preoccupied to the point of obsession with falling and/or being in love, as love addicts are, they tend to behave in highly regrettable ways – just like alcoholics, drugs addicts, compulsive gamblers, compulsive spenders, sex and porn addicts, etc. Over time, love addicts inevitably experience the same basic consequences as all other addicts: depression, anxiety, lowered self-esteem, ruined relationships, trouble at work or in school, declining physical and/or emotional health, financial woes, loss of interest in family, friends, hobbies and other previously enjoyable activities, etc.
Task for Today
Think about how the pursuit of love and romance may be part of (possibly a primary part of) your addiction.