Most of us know the dictionary definitions of love and lust. Love is a profound sense of caring that forms emotional attachment and affection. Lust is an intense sexual desire based in physical attraction. Easy enough, right?
Except that when we’re in the midst of these intense forces, it can be almost impossible to tell the difference.
But tell we must, because a relationship fueled solely by lust will burn out at a crucial moment—usually about two years into the relationship, and right around when it’s time to pop the question.
You really don’t want things falling apart on that day.
But when you have a partnership based not only in physical desire but on deep understanding and emotional attachment, you have a relationship that will weather the volatile ups and downs of physical desire. You have a relationship that’s no longer merely comprised of two people focusing on their own wants, but a one comprised of two people who are focused on each other.
So to help you tell if it’s love or lust, let’s look at a few signs of each.