Updated: Jul 23
I remember watching Fatal Attraction for the first time when I was a preteen. Of course, my first thought was, "Wow. This chick is psycho. No one could ever go insane over a man." Now, as an adult, I fully understand the fine line between infatuation and love. I understand how Glenn Close's character was so infatuated with this fantasy life with Michael Douglas' character, that she lost touch with reality. Not that I would go kill an innocent rabbit, or hold a knife in a shower while screaming uncontrollably. But, I do understand how you become so infatuated with someone that it feels kind of like love. The toxic kind of love.
Infatuation is defined as, " an intense, but short-lived passion or admiration for someone." While love is defined as, " an intense feeling of deep affection." How do you know the difference when you are in the middle of it? You're overwhelmed with your emotions (emotions can be tricky, but I'll write about this in a later blog post). Emotionally, you are wearing rose-colored glasses when you're in the middle of it all. So, how do you know when it is infatuation or love? Is it determined by a period of time? Let's say you meet someone and your six months into knowing who you think they are, are you in love or are you just infatuated? Also, when do you cross the line from infatuation to love? I'll write about this in a later post. Tell me your thoughts?