Don’t Be Afraid of Love

Love, yes that feeling is heavenly good and yet it is purely inevitable. We often come across people who’s adorable but deep inside we realize that it might not be true — not even such true love. We are overwhelmed with such thoughts, ‘he might not feel it’ or ‘ya, it almost there..there must be love inside’ or even ‘ this perhaps such an unrequited love.‘ Actually, those fears – pros and cons-  inside your brain do really more than just restrain you from your happiness but moreover they prevent you from falling in love. Those fears are likely to be such masquerade as lovelessness.

Srini Pillay, M.D. an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School,  said that at least there are 7 fears which might interfere you from your soon-to be true love but if you know how to cope with those things you can find yourself totally happy in love.

1. Fear of  Disapproval: This fear of disapproval can register as lovelessness. For example you feel ‘something’  with someone which is invalid. You keep insisting that it’s just ‘common’ feeling but you can hardly say that you don’t fall in love. Even if you explicitly feel as though you are “just not attracted” research shows that these kinds of fears are probably much more powerful in the unconscious. So you may deny the attraction because unconsciously you are fearful of being ostracized.   But fear of disapproval an also be less obvious than this.  There are couples where the thin partner is ashamed of loving the slightly overweight partner, or situations where people from different backgrounds would be shunned by society if they fell in love and lived together.  The main point here, is that these fears are largely unconscious and when there is lovelessness but a suspicion of love, it is wise to pause and ponder.

2. Fear of Being Consumed:  When one partner is overtly loving and leads with this, the other partner often feels afraid of being consumed.  Fear of emotional cannibalism often makes the “loveless” partner want to flee rather than take the love, because “taking” the love feels like drowning in it.

3. Fear of Being Trapped:  Often another person’s love can feel like a cage, especially when the “loveless” partner feels drawn to the love.  In this case, the “loveless” partner often pursues other situations where he or she can roam free.  Or that partner may have an affair or “test out” the waters of freedom.

4. Fear of commitment: Commitment is a conscious choice but it is always faced with the challenges of the unconscious brain.  Despite how committed we may want to be, the unconscious brain, especially in those who want novelty (and commitment) poses some serious challenges.  People may deny that they are in love because commitment keeps them answerable to their “conscience” and the resulting guilt feels like it is too much.

5. Fear of loss: Some people are more afraid of loss than they are interested in gains.  Loss is so horrible to them that they would rather not pursue any love for fear of losing again or ever.  When people fear loss, this can masquerade as lovelessness and people may slowly distance themselves because they are afraid that if they get too attached the fear of loss will escalate.

6. Fear of disappointing: When one partner is very good at loving and the other is not, the one who is not may become afraid of disappointing the loving person and may distance himself or herself in order to avoid feeling guilty about this.

7. Fear of being found out:  Every person has a secret or some kind of personal shame, and intense love can cause people to become closer.  People who are afraid of being known too well may shun love because they feel as though too much of themselves will be revealed.

Then, those fears above can be eliminated if you can ask yourself these simple questions:

Is there any possibility that you have an unconscious fear of social disapproval?  In the long-term, is this really as frightening as you think? What   is more important: finding your happiness with someone you love or pleasing society?

Have you communicated to your partner that their “lovingness” may be a defense of their part to keep you away?  Is there a part of their lovingness that is desperation and can you talk about this?

While fears of being consumed and trapped are real, is it possible to find freedom IN love if you gave yourself to it?  Are you less free because you stand outside of love?

Have you tried just giving even when you don’t quite feel like it?  Perhaps you are not good at it, and therefore need to practice?  Perhaps there is   some joy awaiting you in the giving?

Have you played “the opposite game”?  That is, when you feel like running away or being further away, have you tried sticking it out and hanging in there?

Afterall, Srini advices that sometimes unrequited love is just a mismatch, but too often we lose valuable people in our lives if we take our first reactions at face value.  There is usually an undetected fear lurking around somewhere there.  And this fear can masquerade as “lovelessness.”

Be wary! don’t let those fears prevent you to find your happiness… find your LOVE 🙂


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