If you found this page, you might wonder, what is love addiction? For most, love addiction is a strong need for emotional connection, coupled with a fear of rejection, while basing his or her self-worth on the opinions of romantic partners. Love addiction usually stems from a lack of important needs being met during childhood, such as physical safety, nurture, and expressions of love. Failure to have these basic needs met affects self-worth, causing a person to look to others for validation, safety, and self-esteem.
Love addiction affects each person differently. For some, the strong fear of rejection and abandonment cause them to stay away from committed relationships, instead favoring short flings or one-night-stands. For others, this same fear can lead to continuing in harmful, even dangerous relationships. At Tacoma Christian Counseling, we can help you better understand your individual experience with love addiction, so you can work towards healthy relationships with yourself and others.