What is love bombing?
The term “love bombing” has been around since the 1970s and has traditionally been described as a practice by religious cults to gain recruits. And the modern meaning behind it doesn’t veer too, of course. “Love bombing typically occurs where an individual is overly interested in another person romantically — much sooner than would be appropriate — and is exemplified by excessive behaviors, gestures and praise,” explains Dr. Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los-Angeles based psychologist whose specialties include relationships and self-esteem.
What are some signs of love bombing?
So, how do you know if your partner is love bombing you or genuinely interested and trying to show it? Here, Dr. Thomas shares some telltale signs you might be involved with a love bomber:
- Too much too soon: A love bomber tends to get overly interested and have feelings for the other person that are much too strong for the amount of time they’ve been involved. For example, the love bomber might be showering you with phrases like, “I can’t wait to be with you forever,” “We’ll be married in a year from now,” or “You’re my soulmate.” Be cautious if it feels as though things are intense way too fast and the person is trying to pressure you into commitment or professing their undying love early on.
Yvonne Thomas Ph.D is a therapist in Los Angeles. To read the full article “Love Bombing: Signs To Know And Why It’s Dangerous” visit edit.sundayriley.com.