As a qualified psychologist, I understand love as developing an intense interest in or liking a person or object you find attractive.
What Are Some Key Components to Love?
- Intimacy (closeness, connectedness, and relatedness)
- Passion (feelings and desires that set the stage for physical attraction, romance, and intercourse)
- Commitment (feelings that make a person hold onto someone and face the uncertain future together)
Why Would Someone Be Afraid to Say ‘I Love You?’
For some people, saying the three-lettered word means letting their guard down. This leaves them with the fear that they will be too exposed or vulnerable.