June 2015 – Its now been 4.5 years since my limerence started started. Im pretty much over my only experience of this grief inducing experience. In that time i’ve completed my 4 year psychotherapy training. Ive come out the other end pretty cynical about the way we were trained and even more cynical about the number of practising therapists that seem to not have healed their own attachment wounds.

I’ll be using the skills and insights i learned and will see a few clients, but its not going to be by main line of work. Anyhow, here is the place i’m at as far as my thoughts on limerence and also romantic love.

I now see limerence as an extreme form of romantic love. My list is based on my own journey through limerence, a ton of reading (books and forums) , a lot of self therapy, 7 years of personal therapy, my own training, many hours of intimate conversations with  close friends who are peers and both love addicted, working with love addicted clients, group therapy etc.

  • Romantic love including limerence is a projection of our internalised infant needs onto a “magical other”.
  • We fall in romantic love / limerence to heal our early life traumas
  • We are most sensitised to these traumas from the day we are conceived to 2 years old. It sets us up for our attachment style in our adult relationships.
  • We all carry early life attachment trauma wounds – for some its more than others. Its impossible to have the perfect upbringing with no traumas.
  • We don’t remember most of our woundings as they are pre-verbal, the feelings are as so overwhelming as we have no language to make meaning of the experience. Same goes for the feelings we feel in our love for our romantic objects – its triggering early life preverbal stuff.
  • Transgenerational trauma is rarely mentioned but i think way more significant than appreciated – that goes for most of us. We end up re-enacting our parents traumas and so it goes on until we decide to break the chain.
  • We need to build an authentic conscious relationship with ourselves before we are able to fully connect with others.
  • Sexualising relationships too soon complicates and distorts our feelings and creates deeper enmeshment.
  • Most sex is acting out – we are acting out our “parental rescue fantasies”.
  • Limerence creates one almighty distraction / disassociation to defend us from having to deal with our psychological pain.
  • There are no such things as soul mates or twin flames, just people that share similar unconscious wounds that we resonate strongly with.
  • Grief work (which is what we need to do) is so intense, so painful that it becomes the biggest obstacle for the work we need to do if we are to grow and heal.

Many understandably opt the spiritual bypass route, sadly there is no bypass from doing this work. I wish there was. Had i read that list 4.5 years ago i would have thought WTF. I had to go through my grief to get to this place. I still have more grieving to do. Maybe by posting my reflections can help others struggling with the madness of limerence. More likely im still acting out my “parental rescue fantasies” Oh well, at least im sort of conscious of that. And so my work continues.

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  1. Wow… some big statements here 🙂

    I must admit I’m not sure if I agree with all of them, although an excellent and considered starting point to help those who are looking to understand more about limerence.

    What I would say is that the truth always starts from within each of us, where we find our true self and the meaning of our own consciousness.

  2. Yeah, don’t explain limerence purely as a result of some trauma. Limerence is a trait that would be selected by evolution due to the chance of producing more offspring with higher genetic variability.

    I had a very happy childhood in a stable family where none of my parents had issues and were very devoted to each other. I’m as ‘trauma free’ as one can be. Yet I’m highly limerent since pre-puberty.

    I also know that both my grandfathers where limerent. So that’s that.

    But thanks for this site and the forum!

  3. Some interesting points but I would say they are only applicable to extreme serial limerents ie. the question then becomes WHY does my blueprint of a romantic mate show someone who is physically or psychologically unavailable? It’s not the limerents state in of itself that is the issue. It’s a normal part of attraction and relationship progress for many. ( eg if your lady at the conference had reciprocated and you had both been single then your ‘ limerence ‘ journey would have led to an ordinary relationship instead of this website!) oftentimes limerence is circumstantial and not ‘ caused’ by past trauma ( and on this point we ALL have imperfect childhoods which can be utilised to answer any and all’ what’s wrong with me?’ Questions) . falling in love is part of a drive that is not going to go away anytime soon, and part of the great muckyness of human life..( it can happen with little info, at the worst of times and not work out!)but it ain’t pathological IMHO.

  4. Hi David,

    Thank you for sharing and for being so open about your experience. I am in my final stages of Psychotherapy training and have also experienced 4 years of limerancem I have only recently come across the term. I have spent the last 4 years believing I had met my twin soul. I now understand that I have had an intense prolonged dissociative experience. In fact I have been dissociated for most of my life.
    I agree with you completely, the grief work is the most difficult and so painful! I can now see that this is what I have been avoiding and want to start accepting now.
    I have decided to write my dissertation on the subject. Are you still interested in this area, I can see it has been a couple of years since you posted. Perhaps we can talk more via email. I would appreciate hearing more about your experience.

    1. hi Louise, yes im still active on the main forum. You can drop me an email and we can communicate

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