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Differentiating Between Love and Limerence

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Differentiating Between Love and Limerence

Isn’t it strange that we sometimes have these feelings for people we realise we don’t even like? This does not mean disliking them as a person but they do not meet up with the standards you’ve set up for yourself, and you can barely put up with their character. Still, you have butterfly-like flutters when you’re around them and you chuck it all up to “We don’t often choose whom we fall in love with”.

Limerence is an involuntary state of intense desire. It is a state of mind which results from romantic or non-romantic feelings for another person, and typically includes obsessive thoughts and fantasies, as well as a desire to form or maintain a relationship with the object of love and to have one’s feelings reciprocated.

So many people are in miserable relationships and marriages because they claim they were in love, and didn’t know about most of their partner’s traits, or are at times aware of them but choose to turn a blind eye because they believe themselves to be in love. Humans are born with the inherent desire to love and be loved but women especially are taught to hone on that desire as their life’s purpose – one of the rotten doctrines in society that we need to shed, and we often take whatever we get that feels like love to fill that void in our soul that’s meant to be filled with love and acceptance.

Being in a relationship, for many people, is to live in your head and your imagination of what love is meant to be 90% of the time, and then the remaining 10% is the reality of their partner – which is why when the butterflies subside and they decide to poke into reality for a change, they often see their partners for who they really are, not the version they have created in their minds. They say love is blind, but if we are to be honest, love isn’t blind, we just rather choose to live with the virtual imagination rather than to have to deal with the challenge that comes with facing reality.

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What are your values? Do you know yourself? What do you want in a partner? Which standards have you set for yourself? Do you truly love yourself enough to immediately exit from situations that do nothing for your mental health or self-esteem? These questions need to be asked before forming a relationship with another human. That would form the quality of the relationship and its longevity.

Valentine is indeed a season of love, but endeavour not to always make it about another human, especially one who adds no value to your life. Value does not necessarily mean financial benefits: does this person make you a better person? Are they interested in your goals? Will you be content to have their character traits in your offspring? Will they become good parents? How fragile is their ego and self-esteem if things go south in the long run? These are essential issues to muse, chew and dwell on before being in a relationship. In pursuing love, do not break your own heart. Let it gravitate towards you as you work on your growth.

Pursue love with intentionality. If you plan to share your body with your lover and swap DNAs, please be aware of your actions, especially if it’s going to be your first. If it’s not your first time, be sure you want to continue imprinting this other person’s DNA and energy into your birth canal.

If the threat of losing someone compels you to share your body with them, then it is not worth your time, emotions, or energy. Focus on yourself and watch all you’ve ever dreamed of and more manifest into your reality rather than your imagination. Make this ‘love season’ be one of growth and celebration of self, not one marked by sex and financial benefits.

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Emotions are fickle, you may be subjected to tricky mind games if you fail to pay attention to your feelings, so study them and consciously put a label on them. When people are heartbroken, they are mostly angry with themselves for being a wrong judge of character or for blindly delving into situations they suspected wasn’t going to end well but ignored. When you’re in a relationship and you’re often insecure and distrustful of your partner, 90% of the time, it’s your crown chakra trying to tell you something is wrong.

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Love isn’t what you feel when all is rosy and your partner has all you desire in a human, or all you think should be desired. Love is unconditional; it is what you feel despite a person’s fault, it is the desire to be a safe haven for another human, it is the need to work on yourself and your triggers in order to love a person in a way they want to be loved – not how you think they should be loved, or what your perception of affection is.

Love is supporting a broken soul while they heal, and love is knowing fully well that no matter what happens in your life, you are committed to making life easier and better for another human simply because you are in it.

Love is caring for another human for the sake of loving and of God, it is not based on what you think they should or shouldn’t be doing but to nurture each other to a state of understanding and respect through patience and mutual guidance. To never make them feel less of themselves. Love is choosing your healing through the process of growth with your partner. It is knowing fully well that if all else fails, your loyalty and commitment to your partner never will.  Love corrects; it doesn’t criticise.

If you are not willing to put in all this work for your chosen life partner, then what you feel isn’t love but limerence. This season, be sure you are sharing your body, time and energy with a partner who knows exactly what they want and alchemizes their fear into love. Someone who treats you like a sacred phenomenon and is willing to show up for you mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and sexually. Commitment comes first before love, if you’ve had it any other way, then you need to re-evaluate the label you’ve assigned to your emotions.

 

 

 

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Do Not Give Your Girlfriend Money When Dating – Jessica Opare-Saforo Advises Men

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Do Not Give Your Girlfriend Money When Dating – Jessica Opare-Saforo Advises Men

In a video shared on her YouTube channel, Jessica stated that it is not okay for guys to give money to their girlfriends.

If the man is to give money regularly to his partner when dating, she argued that the relationship can collapse.

“People might think that giving their partner money guarantees loyalty, guarantees love, guarantees a happy relationship but I am here to tell you that it is actually not the case. If you are someone who has based your whole relationship on money as the solution to everything…there’s an argument and the next thing you do is give her money to go and buy her favourite thing, go shopping, what you are doing is actually damaging your relationship because money cannot be the solution to everything. There is more to life than money.

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“Money is great, money is good, money makes things easier, a lot of things but it is not the solution to every problem,” said Jessica.

She added that women who make monetary demands often will leave the men when they are not able to give someday.

Watch the video below;

 

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‘A Killer Marriage Is A Nonsense Marriage’ – Pastor Paul Enenche

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'A Killer Marriage Is A Nonsense Marriage' - Pastor Paul Enenche

General Overseer of Dunamis International Gospel Church, Pastor Paul Enenche has cautioned men and women against abuse in marriage.

The popular televangelist was preaching on marriage when he urged his church members to avoid marriages that could end them in death.

According to him, divorce is not allowed under any condition but it is better to be alive and there is no marriage than for you to die because of marriage.

He further charged men to handover their wives to their to parents if they think they can’t handle them.

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He also noted that it nonsense to die in a marriage, “a killer marriage is a nonsense marriage,” he said.

He continued that some men can abuse their wives emotionally and psychologically.

Pastor Paul Enenche comments come after renowned Nigerian musician, Sister Osinachi Nwachukwu passed on few days ago.

According to reports, the Ekwueme singer has been suffering from physical abuse from her husband and had been on life support for the past two months.

The singer, who is known for her angelic voice, is generally known for the track, Ekwueme, and afterwards the sad news of her demise has gone viral, with many people reacting to it.

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Right through her career as a gospel singer, she has featured in some popular gospel songs like ‘Nara Ekele’ by Pastor Dr Paul Enenche (Dunamis, Abuja), ‘Ekwueme’ by Prospa Ochimana, and ‘You no dey use me play’ by Emma.

 

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‘I Dated My Wife For 9 Years And She Never Asked Me For Money’ – Nigerian Man Shares ‘Grass To Grace’ Story

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A Nigerian man has revealed how his girlfriend who is now his wife never stressed him with financial responsibilities during the period he dated her.

He said that they dated for almost 9 years, and during that moment he cannot recall a single moment that she placed a financial burden on his weak shoulders.

He shared his story on Twitter while ultimately reminding couples never to make the fulcrum of their relationship.

In his words;

”All through the almost 9 years I dated my wife, I cannot recall her asking me for money for anything for one day.

It was basically us just doing stuff together with our money. Right from university days until we graduated.

She didn’t call me one day to ask for money for phone Recharge card or hair or dress. We had occasional exchange of gifts and that’s that. Do not see me as tweeting from a privilege position. Our parents weren’t wealthy but they took care of our needs. All these were mostly seen as normal to us because it was common amongst my peers.

So it’s what I know I’ll tweet about. It remained that way until we got married before we individually took up our roles. To the younger ones, you can do it. Poverty is not an excuse as long as you have parents or siblings that are sponsoring you, live within your means and enjoy your relationship and grow together.

Involving money in relationships breed entitlement mentality between people dating.

I take care of you and you give me sex. That’s entitlement. You miss all the opportunities to truly know who you’re dating & it reduces trust & This was what we did. It doesn’t have to work for you if you try. But I’ll not come here to deceive you/tweet for the optics just because it’s “popular” opinion.I’m more into building, bonding & deliberately committing when it involves issues of the heart.”

 

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