Are you in love? Or just attched?

Are you in love or just attached​?

Be aware of people and relationships that aren’t all they seem at first especially if you are a sensitive type of person!

Have you ever met someone and felt such an instant and amazing bond that you thought this person must be The One? You feel so comfortable with them and such closeness that you think you must have, at last, found your soul mate. But is it true love? Or have you found yourself attached someone, not because you love them, but because you need them? And how you can tell the difference?

Sensitive people are not only vulnerable to sensory stimulation in their environment, but to other people as well. Sensitive people often absorb other people’s feelings and moods and can become easily absorbed into their way of life, their beliefs and consequently the way they feel about themselves. However if that someone is a narcissist, it can become very difficult to separate yourself from them. You become their prey, but don’t realise it until it’s too late. Instead, you think you’re falling in love. If you are/were an Archer’s listener – the Helen and Rob story line portrayed this very well.

When these two elements, sensory stress and other people, are combined, it can become a toxic situation. For example, if you’ve just moved to a new town or started a new job, you are may feel overwhelmed by the newness of your environment. A big life change is stressful for anyone, but Highly Sensitive People (HSP) feel it intensely. And a HSP under stress is vulnerable to the influences, good or bad, of other people.

Imagine you’ve just started a new job in a new town and you meet a man. He is friendly, funny and he wants to help. He shows you a reliable place to get your car serviced and he invites you out for drinks after work with colleagues. He even helps you move your furniture in. He provides all the help and companionship you could ever want, and more importantly, that you need. He also makes you laugh and tells you how great you are, how he’s been waiting for you all his life. You feel appreciated, flattered, relieved to have found someone you can rely on. And you feel loved.

You start a relationship with this person, but soon other people are wondering what you two see in each other. You don’t even have much in common. But you feel that you have a real connection. And so you stay, even when this person makes more and more demands of you, even when he starts making you feel bad about yourself. No matter how bad it gets, you stay because the thought of losing him is terrifying. The truth is that the only thing you really have in common is a terrible loneliness, a need for someone to be there, and the need to feel that someone cares. This is attachment.

Attachment is a need for someone to fill a void in your life or in your self-esteem.

When you feel that you are all alone and cannot rely on yourself, someone will come along and you will feel that they are a port in the storm—someone to talk to, someone to help you, to hold you, someone to hang on to. But this isn’t love. Love is not a need. Love is not demanding or desperate. Love is whole and wholly giving.

The trouble is that if you are in a state of stress or vulnerability, however well you feel that you are coping, if you subconsciously believe that you need help or that you can’t really manage on your own or that deep down, you’re not really good enough, you will attract people who also believe that about themselves and about you. And you won’t realise that it’s a bad situation to be in because it will seem familiar to you. You will recognise yourself in them and that will be comforting. And so you will want to stay.

Any port seems a welcome place in a storm. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay!

You don’t even have to drop anchor. Just keep sailing. Remember that you will be okay out there on your own, you will weather this storm. And when you come through it, you will meet people who have also weathered their own storms, who aren’t dependant type people and with whom you can face life together, knowing you’ve found someone you can truly count on and truly love. And then you can also be confident they truly love you.

This article then isn’t to scare you but to warn you what to look out for if you are a particularly sensitive type of person. Forewarned is forearmed after all!