How to Love Someone without Smothering Them

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Can too much love ever be a bad thing? Find out how to love someone the right way, without smothering them or stunting their individual growth.

When you fall in love with someone, it’s natural to want to shower them with love and affection.

But can you ever overdo the love?

Can you love someone so much that you make them dislike you or your affection?

Loving someone and smothering someone

Truth be told, too much love is never a bad thing.

And you can’t make your partner hate you just because you love them a lot.

But you can definitely make your partner dislike you when you start smothering them.

To many, smothering love is nothing but an overindulgence of affection.

You may think smothering excessive love is a true sign of your love for a special someone.

But in reality, smothering is a selfish act.

You don’t smother your partner because of love. You smother someone with affection because you crave for their affection, you want their attention, or probably because you may want to help them with their troubles, or you may want to protect them.

But are you doing it because you think it’ll make your lover feel better? Probably not.

Almost all the time, you may be smothering your partner for selfish reasons, either to reaffirm your relationship status or to feel better about yourself as a perfect example of a loving partner.

How to love someone the right way

No one likes being smothered. There’s a thin line between showing affection and smothering someone.

You may not want to smother affection on your partner, but have you ever felt like your partner tries to push you away or looks for excuses to get away from you now and then? You may just be an unintentional smothering lover.

Firstly, expressing love and smothering affection is relative and subjective. What’s smothering to one partner could be unaffectionate to another. When you take time to fall in love slowly with each other, these are little things both of you can learn about each other and each other’s expectations when it comes to affection.

If you feel like you’re smothering your partner or if your partner ever tells you they need more space, here are 10 things you need to do to take the stress off the relationship.

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