An involuntary state of mind which seems to result from a romantic attraction for another person combined with an overwhelming, obsessive need to have one’s feelings reciprocated.

After a year of limerence

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In simple terms, limerence is a state of mind when you know that you like someone but yet at the same time, you cannot describe it as love.

Standard attachment theory emphasises that many of the most intense emotions arise during the formation, the maintenance, the disruption, and the renewal of attachment relationships.

It has therefore been suggested that the state of limerence is the conscious experience of sexual incentive motivation during attachment formation.