Teenage relationship and dating
But each kind of love has its own distinctive feel.The kind of love we feel for a parent is different from our love for a baby brother or best friend.We typically have shorter relationships as teens because adolescence is a time when we instinctively seek lots of different experiences and try out different things.It's all part of discovering who we are, what we value, and what we want out of life.It's all so intense, exciting, and hard to sort out.The crazy intensity of the passion and attraction phase fades a bit after a while.Like putting all our energy into winning a race, this kind of passion is exhilarating but far too extreme to keep going forever.
Lots of relationships grow out of an initial attraction (a crush or "love at first sight") and develop into closeness.And the kind of love we feel in romantic relationships is its own unique type of love.Our ability to feel romantic love develops during adolescence.People at this stage might daydream about a crush or a new BF or GF. It hasn't had time to grow into emotional closeness that's needed for love.They may doodle the person's name or think of their special someone while a particular song is playing. Because feelings of attraction and sexual interest are new, and they're directed at a person we want a relationship with, it's not surprising we confuse attraction with love.