Limerence: Love Sickness

lettersI found a new word and an interesting idea (medical condition in reality) to write about in Letter Lover.

The condition of which I’m speaking is called limerence, which is “defined as an involuntary interpersonal state that involves an acute longing for emotional reciprocation, obsessive-compulsive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and emotional dependence on another person.”

It’s basically the clinical way of saying it can take years for a limerent person to overcome a broken heart. It sounds strange, I realize, but it is very real and all consuming. A man named Albert Wakin has done extensive research on the condition.

How would you write about someone pining for a loved one? Does it make a difference if the love is lost through death or just not returned? What would you feel about a person who is limerent? Are they a romantic, too sensitive or just plain love sick?

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