Are You in Love Or Infatuated? Here’s How to Know

Dennis Weiss
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Falling in love with someone is a wonderful, intense experience. We sing about it, write about it, and watch movies about it.

Love affects us mentally, emotionally, and physically. However, signs you’re in love with are not always so obvious.

You find yourself wondering if you are really in love or just infatuated and overwhelmed by feelings of lust.

You think you might be in love, but you’re not quite sure if THIS is what love should feel like.

Or, you are worried that you are just making it all up in your head!

The difference between love and infatuation is that infatuation is a short-lived passion, whereas love is a deep affection that lasts.

However, infatuation and lust are powerful feelings that can make you THINK you are in love!

So, let’s find out!

Here are 10 signs of infatuation vs love!

1 – You’ve Only Known Each Other

For A Short Time If you’ve only known this person for a short time, then it’s probably infatuation.

Now, you may feel attached to them, but if you haven’t taken the time to develop an intimate connection, then that attachment is coming from being infatuated, and not real love.

True love takes a while to develop.

It takes intimacy, which requires a connection or attachment to someone.

Love is about being familiar with someone, where a bond has been developed.

2 – You Put Them High Above You

It’s common to put someone you are infatuated with on a pedestal.

In short, you make them out to be something they are not.

You see their strengths, their perfections, and their positive attributes, but you are blind to see their weaknesses, imperfections, and negative attributes.

If ALL you can see is perfection in them, then it’s a sign of infatuation rather than love.

Nobody is perfect, no matter how much it seems that way.

Every one of us has faults and makes mistakes, and can get a bit annoying to others from time to time.

When you truly love someone, you can see them for who they are – the good and the bad – and love them anyway!

3 – You Are In Love With Superficial Things

If you love the way they look, that’s a sign of infatuation.

The truth is, you don’t connect to the superficial things in a person, you actually connect to the internal things, such as how they feel, what they believe, what their hopes and dreams are, and how they treat other people.

If you know them on a deep and personal level and appreciate those things, then that IS love!

4 – You Can’t-Wait To Take The Next Step

Infatuation is all about making things happen – NOW!

You want them to love you and commit to you and be your one and only because you are scared that you are going to lose them if they don’t.

But love doesn’t work that way.

Love takes time to build, and if you’re in love with someone, you enjoy the process of getting to know them and building your relationship with them one step at a time.

5 – You Get Really, Really Jealous

If someone talks to the person you are with, you become instantly jealous.

You want to show everyone, including them, that they are yours. Well, jealousy is a sign of infatuation, not love!

Real love is about feeling connected with a person in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you are in a state of losing them to someone else.

It is a confident feeling that you are bound to them in a special way and that they are so fond of you that they view you differently from other people.

6 – You Obsess Over Them Leaving You

If they forget to call, you wonder if you did something wrong and if it will affect your relationship negatively.

If they are not feeling good and don’t look at you the way they normally do, you question if they are going to leave you forever.

These intense feelings can make you think you love them so much you don’t want to lose them, but really you are just being insecure.

Love is confident.

You feel secure in your relationship and understand that they have ups and downs and we forget to do things once in a while.

You don’t panic at the first sign of a frown or forgotten phone call, because you know that you have a bond that isn’t going to break so easily.

Also Read: 9 Ways To Make Him Worry About Losing You

7 – You Expect Perfection

When you are infatuated with someone, you create unrealistic expectations about how they should act and how the relationship should go.

When you are in love, you accept those things that can go wrong and you work on making them better.

The downtimes are how you learn to interact with each other in a compromising way.

The downtimes teach you that you are human, and so is your partner, and that you are capable of working together to develop a happier and healthier relationship.

8 – You Feel Tired – All The Time

Being infatuated with someone is draining!

You are constantly worried about what they think.

You are obsessed with what they are doing and whether or not they are as obsessed as you are.

You think about them, dream about them, worry about them, cry over them, and stress when things are not going well.

Love doesn’t drain your energy like that. It actually gives you energy!

That’s because you are in a higher energy state, which makes you feel GREAT!

9 – You’ve Lost Interest Suddenly

If you’ve lost interest in someone, it can be hard to figure out what’s going on.

But, there’s a really simple explanation. The infatuation you felt for them is gone, and it’s been replaced by a loss of interest.

Remember, lust is a powerful feeling that is short-lived, whereas love is a deep connection that stands the test of time.

If you don’t feel that connection anymore, then you were not in love, to begin with, and you have also fallen out of infatuation!

10 – You Feel Disconnected And Alone

Infatuation is about wanting to be connected to someone.

But, when tough times arise, you quickly become aware of how disconnected you really are from them, and you crave their attention or concern.

When you are in love, you have a deep connection.

You are a team!

You work through issues, both in your relationship and in your individual lives – together.

You never feel alone because you know the person who loves you will always be there for you.

In conclusion, if the phase of infatuation bears some element of faithfulness, loyalty, intense and deep affection, and the will to sacrifice, it may blossom into unconditional, real love…

Something that we all want! So, what do you think?

Are you in love or are you infatuated?

Share your thoughts and comments below!

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