Love you but not in love with you, Version 2.0?
January 21, 2013 11:20 PM Subscribe
"I don't love you, I just love how you make me feel." What does it mean to be on the receiving end of this?
posted by kettleoffish to human relations (37 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
My relationship of 2 years has ended due to my partner's revelation that "he doesn't know if he loves me, or just how I make him feel." I don't understand what this means exactly; I mean I think I know. But in trying to parse this, I have a question for Metafilter.
Is the above a statement of narcissism or just plain honesty? Is it like "love" the way a small child feels it; not really aware of their parent and their needs, but still dependent/bonded to them?
Perhaps it is sort of like, "I love you but I'm not in love with you," just a general "it's over" line and I'm overthinking it, but I've never heard this before. Any ideas for unpacking this sentiment would be helpful. I think the above may mean things are for the best; but I'd like to also know what it means. (Especially with respect to staying friends after).