Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Could you explain me the concept of limerence? french, it would be "like a dream come true". Or in english, or in russian.

Thank you for advance ;)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It would be the same in any language.


    Recognize the difference between limerance and love. Limerance is the psychological state of deep infatuation. It feels good but rarely lasts. Limerance is that first stage of mad attraction whereby all the hormones are flowing and things feel so right. Limerance lasts, on average, six months. It can progress to love. Most love in fact starts out as limerance, but most limerance never evolves into love.

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    Limerence is an involuntary cognitive and emotional state characterized foremost by intrusive thinking, longing for reciprocation, and sensitivity to external events that signify uncertainty on the one hand, and hope of reciprocation on the other. It can be experienced as intense joy or as extreme despair, depending on the perceived behavior of the "limerent object," the person whose returned feeling is wished for.

    Such terms that imply only brief durations, such as "having a crush," "infatuation," "passionate love," or "puppy love" do not refer to limerence, which often endures for many months or years. Limerence is also distinct in its focus on a single individual and its predictable responsiveness to external events.

    It is important to note that limerence is not love in the sense of concern for the other’s well-being, nor is it mere sexual attraction. It has been contended that love, sexual attraction, and limerence can all exist for the same person, although the obtained data is not clear on this matter.

    Limerence begins as a barely perceptible feeling of increased interest in a particular person, known as the limerent object, but one which, if nurtured by appropriate conditions, can grow to enormous intensity. In most cases it also declines, eventually to zero or to a low level. At this low level, limerence is either transformed through reciprocation or it is transferred to another person who then becomes the new limerent object. Under the best of conditions the waning of limerence through mutuality is accompanied by the growth of the emotional response more suitably described as love.

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  • Limerance is a form of love that last anywhere from 1 day to 18 months. It is where your body physically changes when you see the person that you are in limerance with. Some of the changes can be raised blood pressure faster heart beat and even becoming sexually aroused.

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  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    I loved him so much that I felt that I could not breathe.

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