Psychological Solutions For A Better Life

Love and Fear of Love

Although most people long for
love and a partner that gives them a sense of belonging, safety, and purpose,
it is surprising how many people confess how much they protect themselves from
love. The fear most mentioned is the fear of being rejected, abandoned,
ridiculed, hurt, or exploited. Many people are afraid to put themselves into a
position of vulnerability and closely protect their heart. The Fear of love can
even be so dominant that people convincingly tell themselves that they don’t
need love.

Because we are hard-wired to
connect with others, to form social connections, and be part of social
networks, longing for and simultaneously being afraid of love is a dilemma
commonly faced by people. Thus people need help not only when they are weighed
down by grief or adversity, but also when they encounter love.

 

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