SUMMARY: People often distinguish between love and infatuation on the basis of how long each is purported to last. Love is said to last forever, while infatuations are said to be brief and fleeting. This post proposes that infatuations are better defined as emotional dependencies.
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I have probably heard a hundred or more times in my life someone confess to me that he or she married their partner — not because they loved them — but because they were infatuated with them. Never once have I heard someone say that worked out well.
But what, exactly, is infatuation?
In common thought, infatuation is to be distinguished from love mainly by how long it is assumed to last. That is, an infatuation is seen as of brief duration, while love is thought to always be enduring. But I have problems with that definition.