Attraction — physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual —
is important, really important. None of us wants to hang out
with a person who makes our stars fizzle or our minds yawn, but
attraction must be healthy to create a great, or even a good, relationship.
And the only way to determine if your attraction is of the
healthy variety is to get downright honest about what inspired the
connection. Of course no person wants to jump up and down
exclaiming, “Look at me over here! I am dying to expose my
messed up relationship!” but if we don’t get real about the health
of our attractions, we risk losing what’s more important than
anything else — our selves.
One reason we often mistake unhealthy attraction for the
healthy connections found in authentic partnerships is that most
of us have never thought about it. When was the last time you sat
down for a cup of tea and said, “I think I’ll define what ‘authentic
connection’ means to me today”? Even among those who have
considered the source of their connection, most haven’t been
truthful about how healthy their attraction is or isn’t. So, ignorant,
blind, or in denial, we end up living in the grips of unhealthy attraction,
feeling like something is missing or wrong, lacking the words
to articulate what that something is. If we’re lucky, after lots of
pain and suffering caused by the times we engaged in unhealthy
attraction, we finally free ourselves and learn about our desire for
a true, healthy connection.
I have met more smart and successful women than I care to
admit who’ve lost their minds, and themselves, in the throes of
unhealthy attraction, dare I say insane infatuation? Same goes for nice, solid men who have a penchant for dating crazy women. I’ve watched many a wise woman or man lodge a person so deep in their wounds that they mistakes the resulting feelings for the authentic, deep, loving connection they were waiting for.
Maybe for some the unhealthy attraction feels so fabulous because their catch comes with a first-class ticket to social status and financial security, filling their holes that come from the absence of self-worth or the fear
of lack. Or maybe the person they meet seemingly gives them permission
to be the wild child they always wanted to be but their parents
never allowed, filling in their holes caused by never feeling like
they fit with their family. Or maybe it is as simple as they crave love and attention so bad, that they are willing to take what they can get… or maybe even too afraid to end it for fear of how the other person will respond.
Regardless of our individual stories and corresponding wounds, when in the clutches of an unhealthy attraction, we are too entangled in our feelings to see the truth. We need to know the warning signs beforehand. Commit the following signals to memory and keep them for future reference.
WARNING SIGNS OF AN UNHEALTHY ATTRACTION
Without a doubt, it’s our emotions, hormones, and emotional wounds that control the show here. The feelings swirling inside our bodies and psyches are so intense that it seems impossible to control our actions or stop making self-destructive decisions. Convinced that this person is the love of our
life, we experience the relationship as if it were a drug, and we
become like a junkie.