Why Does my Partner Act Like a 2-Year-Old?

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When you fall in love with someone, you aren’t just falling in love with the living, breathing human being that’s right there in front of you. You are really falling for an idealized image of that person that you’ve already started creating in your mind. That’s probably the reason that people often surmise that “love is blind.” Actually, being love-struck does make you blind to a lot of things, especially when it comes to the flaws in your partner.

When we fall in love, we are actually falling into “limerance.” Limerance is that early stage in a relationship that has been described as a period of intense longing for and obsession with a potential partner (Tennov, 1979). It’s that luscious period when you can’t think of anyone else but the object of your desire. It can feel delicious if your feelings are reciprocated and you and your “bae” or “boo”…

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