“Romantic attraction is an emotional response of 1 particular person in direction of one other, which will be described as a craving to admire and be a part of with them,” says therapist Christa McCrorie, LICSW-PIP.
Whereas romantic attraction is completely different for everybody, many individuals will expertise emotions of wanting to guard and supply for one more particular person, wanting to maintain them cared for, having fun with their firm, and eager to tackle a task of accountability in sustaining that particular person’s happiness, she notes.
Some folks see their romantic orientation—that’s, how they expertise romantic attraction and for whom—as part of their id separate from their sexual orientation. For instance, somebody will be homoromantic and bisexual, which suggests they’re solely romantically drawn to individuals who share their gender however they do expertise sexual attraction to folks of multiple gender. Those that expertise little to no romantic attraction for others could also be known as aromantic.
Not all relationships want romantic attraction. Nevertheless, in wholesome relationships the place romantic attraction is current, it serves as a pressure that pushes companions to repeatedly be intrigued and inquisitive about one another with compassion, appearing because the glue to maintain the connection related at the same time as companions and the surroundings inevitably change, says McCrorie.