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Are you afraid of love? I'm not only afraid of getting hurt again but I'm afraid of hurting others. Anyone else feel this way?

confidentrealm 7 July 8

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Yes. When I was still too much in love or the learning period afterwards where you spend all that time trying to see what there is to learn from having it or whatever it was that felt like love. Yes I have feared hurting others allowing them to get close to me when I know I won't get close back


Nope... I just think it's mistaken for other things...

Hutch Level 7 July 9, 2018

Love or fear?

@confidentrealm love of course...
But then, for it not to be mistaken, it would have to be defined. Therein lies the problem...the definition of love...

@Hutch love means different things to different people. You are right. I guess to really be in love two people have to agree what it means and what the expectations are of each. I guess things MT mistake I hadn't thought of before.


When you really stop and think about it - what IS there to be afraid of really ?

I've had my heart ripped apart more than once, and in turn ripped the hearts of some others. While I certainly don't enjoy going through it ( I don't know of anyone that does) - and at times I thought I wanted to die to escape the pain, fact is, I DIDN'T die.

I struggled, I cried and screamed, I went a little crazy, I hid away, I ate too much sugar, I did all sorts of things to forget, to recover, to move on. The point is, I made it.

So all that has left me fearless. Love is too wonderful, and life too short, to not have some when the opportunity presents itself. If love comes along - I willingly jump ! I know the worst that can happen, and I know I can survive.

Fact is, we can't be close to any other living thing without eventual heartbreak. At some point all will end, be it by decision, by unforseen circumstances or illness and death. Life.


I'm not afraid of hurting others but I'm afraid to fall in love again because I don't want to get hurt. I always end up with a lot of heartache. So now, everytime I start getting close to somebody, I run.

Kanda Level 5 July 9, 2018

Middle aged people usually have had some hard knocks in their romantic endeavors. It depends on one's need for a companion. Some people need to have someone in their lives, so they ignore panic, try not to over think it, and start with a friendship.

I have to do that anyway, since I'm a demisexual, meaning that I have no sexual attraction for anyone or any gender until after well over a year of close association, and then only for that one person. But I can always take physical love or leave it.

Without lust or loneliness, I have little motivation to pursue relationships, so I just coast along, enjoying my life. Still, I could use a good dance and hiking partner. Some day.


You don’t give us a background to your statement and questions, but there seems to be a back story to your fears. The answer to your question “are you afraid of love” is No in my case, but I have never had your experience of being hurt. I hope you do not let these fears prevent you from finding someone who you can commit to in a loving relationship. Love should not be feared but welcomed.


Yes,I think that is why after a 20 year marriage I have never sustained a relationship for more than a year or two.Also fear of losing my own identity.I tend to not stay true to myself for the sake of the relationship.That causes me to feel suffocated and I start pulling away which of course hurts my partner.


Well yeah


It would be a mistake to assume fear is the driving force behind people opting out of certain kinds of human interactions. It may simply be rational self-interest.

In my youth, which was as hubristic and naive as anyone's, I thought I was quite the catch, that any woman would be delighted to share my life. I was stable, responsible, kind, respectful and romantic -- and if not a body-double for Adonis, at least not bad looking. What's not to like? Well, eventually I figured out that not only am I not the man I used to be ... I never WAS the man I used to be. I'm just as imperfect as everyone else that I used to think I could float above the fray and feel superior to. People get just as tired of my bullshit as I do of theirs, in other words. So the feeling's mutual.

Given that the shared fantasy of romance is not something that's consistently sustainable between any two people, then so far as my tastes are concerned, it removes most of the motivation to engage in it. And the shared fiction gets creakier with age, I can tell you that.

So ... if you're not able to buckle up and take the pleasure WITH the pain, just don't do it. But don't whine about it either. I don't know that you're afraid so much as that you're adverse to the reality of what love actually is -- that vulnerability isn't evenly given at all times by both parties, that there are times they disappoint and frustrate as well as fill you with wonder and satisfaction. Any person you might be "in love" with is just an ordinary fallible human like yourself, who isn't going to unconditionally love and support you 100% of the time ... if you in any way, shape or form are pining for that not to be true, then don't even waste your valuable time on this earth trying to make reality into something it's not and simply refuses to be.

The world is not a friendly place for idealists. So you either have to disassociate yourself from the parts that don't conform to your needs and requirements, or you have to let go of your pointlessly high standards for love and lovers.

@ProudMary Depends on how you define it. It's sustainable on an overall basis, if both people are mature and self-aware and devoted enough to the process (in my experience that last item is ultimately the hardest to come by). It's not sustainable in the sense that there will never be disappointing, frustrating or hurtful interactions. Too many people, in my view, regard love as an unassailable refuge from ever being hurt or disappointed (or as the old saying has it -- never having to say you're sorry). That's nonsense.

@ProudMary If you show up every day and put in the hard work, you can hope for that. I've experienced it too. The question is whether it's worth it, and that's a complex question to answer. You can ask it about parenthood or siblinghood or other relationships too. So long as you're realistic about the fact that (1) you're human and (2) dealing with other humans and (3) don't expect success to fall into your lap and (4) allow for the possibility that success will elude you despite all your efforts -- then I say go for it.

Personally, I would not be interested in a 4th marriage in the twilight of my life, but that's in no way an indictment of my current or prior relationships. It just reflects the influence of the dwindling fund of years and good health available to me, coupled with an increasing comfort of being alone in my own skin.


No, I'm not afraid of any of it. Pain is part of life.

I started to read the comments but had to stop. There are a lot of people who have so much fear of something they have no control over.

By avoiding anything that might bring you pain, you miss out on so many learning experiences on the journey to loving yourself and becoming a more whole person.

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said why fear something you have no control over. This is where I'm at. I feel out of control after the last person I was in a relationship with suddenly died. Now I want to have a truly lasting relationship with someone before I die. I have not had that. It is like a bucket list item but one I can't control. I can't control another person's feelings. So do I allow myself to get into a relationship knowing they might not feel the same way I do or do I play it safe and just say no? I've been shying away from having a relationship because it is not totally on my terms, I have to consider the other person.

@confidentrealm Yes, you do need to consider the other person, but not to the point of compromising who you are. Go for it and enjoy your life.


Sometimes we have no control over the way a perfect love story ends but I'm not afraid of loving someone again and I'm not afraid of getting hurt. You can't get hurt if you are able to realize something isn't meant to be. I could never purposefully hurt anyone or fall in love with someone who had that potential.


No, I am not afraid of hurting anybody as the only way I would do it is if they fell in love with me and I did not love them. I noticed that then older I get than more I love myself and don't need approval/love from others.


Yes. Not afraid of having it, but afraid of losing it.


No. I am convinced it doesn't last though. Friendship lasts, family lasts. Love is just a chemical cocktail our brains produce to encourage reproduction.

But what if you are beyond the age of reproduction? I am madly in love with someone and we both are over 50...

@thinktwice doesn't stop working just because the reproductive organs do..meh

@Blindbird yeah...that chemistry stuff is a real can make a person literally "crazy in love"...ugh lol


I am afraid I will die early without love

Yeah. That's sort of where I'm at


I'm not, and here's why:

I spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.

I have a very good friend, and she lives her life with love. Always has. It's sort of like this: if you are never hurting anyone, never doing harm, then there is nothing to worry about.

This doesn't mean letting your guard down arbitrarily. It's better to stay in a state of neutral, and let trust build. Enough trust, you can let a little more out. Watch out for for feedback loops. Keep your intentions pure.

But I understand. Yes, it DOES hurt, and there's really no getting around that. I just let it hurt a couple days, and go about my business. Sometimes it comes back. The more you can focus on those around you during these times, the better you feel.

Love, like life, is rather like surfing. Ride the waves, and stay calm and above water between.


I'm more afraid of it never happening again.


I'm mostly dead inside, so I only worry about hurting others. It's been a lifelong problem.


More worried about the latter than the former.


No, I'm not at all, but I am not inclined to live with someone or get married, so that puts a damper on the relationship. Many men my age are more inclined to get serious and move in together, and I'm really not.

I'm finding just the opposite. I find most men my age don't really want to have a relationship, move in together, or get married. Someone recently told me that to him life is like a ball, when you are young it is soft and can be molded but as you get older the ball fills up and becomes hard so it is easy to have a relationship when you are young and empty but once you are older and have been married, have kids, grandkids, friends, etc. there is very little room left in live to include another person or to share the space. He wants to sleep with me be doesn't want to meet my family or take me to meet his, he wants our lives to be separate. I think he is a wonderful person but I want someone to share my life with. I don't feel my ball is full. I've stopped seeing him for about a month. This is the second time we have has a relationship but it is the same as the first. I don't think he loves me and it hurts. I want to spend what little life I have left with someone who has time for me and wants to be with me, my family, his family, friends, etc. Not to just stay in my own little ball.


I'll admit I have been treated badly, but so badly I am glad they are gone, so a different sort of hurt. I do not understand the women I have been with, they seem to expect me to take them back at a later stage and feel they are the victim when I don't. I am very black and white in my approach, there are lines that you don't cross. I stayed out of relationships to raise kids, I tried blended families that does not work for me. So to answer your question, I don't think either of those is holding me back, more I am avoiding yet another major disruption to mmy life, I am too old for all that now. Can't do it again.

I am skiddish about re-entering into a relationship. 33 years of marriage and broken by infidelity.


Yes. I recently broke up with my first girlfriend after separating from my soon to be ex. I felt horrible. Believe it or not I had to break up with her because of her religious beliefs. That was before I found this place.


I am afraid of getting hurt again, but too often my misery has been the result of love unrequited or a chance not taken. Frankly, I'm open to making new mistakes, and have made it a point to be a little more assertive. Finally I realized that there are close to four billion women inhabiting our planet, not to mention close to a million who live within an hour of me. I have to think the odds favor meeting someone with whom I "click" again, dry spell be damned. (I was married previously, we're still good friends.)

Most of the relationships I have experienced have been very unrequited. It really hurts. I totally understand.

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