This is a common scenario: You meet someone new, and one look, just one look is all it takes to light up the fuse of sexual fireworks and thunderbolts. You have sex, wonderful sex. You can barely keep your hands off each other — and the excitement of it all feels like you are falling in love.
But is it really so? Is it really love? Can simple lust masquerade itself as something more meaningful? Is it possible to spot the absence of real intimacy soon enough to avoid making a really bad decision?
It’s very easy to mistake the explosive chemistry of physical attraction with long-term romantic goals. But if you’re willing to honestly assess your actions and feelings, it’s also not hard to recognize the truth of your situation.
Here are 7 signs you might be confusing love with sex:
1. Your attraction is more physical than emotional.
What was the first thing about your partner that caught your attention? Was it his or her sense of humor, their good head, beautiful soul or an act of kindness you observed? Or was it their fashion-magazine physique and manner?
There’s nothing wrong with looking good, or with appreciating that type of thing in someone else. But if that’s not accompanied by a deeper reason for attraction and staying in a relationship, you may be headed for disappointment.