The following is taken from a paper on limerence by Albert Wakin & Duyen B. Vo. This is one of the best recent papers on this condition.

  •  Intrusive and obsessive thinking about the LO

    • Spending more time thinking about LO than anyone or anything else
    • Difficulty avoiding, reducing, stopping focusing and concentrating on LO, despite voluntary control
    • Distractibility to the point where relationships and responsibilities are compromised o Persistent, exaggerated positive or negative interpretations of LO’s cues

  • Replay and rehearsal

    • High sensitivity to LO’s behavioural cues
    • More often than not, constantly replaying events that have already occurred involving interactions with LO
    • More often than not, constantly anticipating/rehearsing events that have yet to occur involving interactions with LO
    • More often than not, constantly imagining vivid experiences in which LO reciprocates feelings and intentions
    • More often than not, such imagined experiences create feelings of hopefulness for reciprocation from LO, driving excessive and unreasonable behaviours/reactions
    • More often than not, these actions compromise efficiency/productivity

  • Anxiety and self-consciousness

    • Make constant attempts to present self (e.g., in physical appearance, behaviour and attitude) most favourably to LO
    • Physiological symptoms accompanying feelings of shyness, embarrassment, and anxiety (e.g., shortness of breath, perspiration, heart palpitations)
    • Aching/pain in the chest or abdominal regions are intensified with increased uncertainty and/or increased signs of rejection by LO
    • Socially inept in the presence of LO (e.g., stuttering, clumsiness, awkward behaviour)
    • Shyness, embarrassment, and anxiety are heightened in the actual or imagined presence of LO
    • Strong, persistent, enduring fear of being rejected by LO

  • Emotional dependence

    • Strong, persistent, enduring yearning for reciprocation from LO
    • Feelings of depression and/or apprehension are intensified with increased uncertainty and/or increased signs of rejection by LO
    • Feelings of ecstasy are intensified with signs of reciprocation by LO
    • Affective lability
    • Longing and yearning for reciprocation are heightened and intensified with uncertainty of status of LO’s feelings
    • Longing and yearning for reciprocation are heightened and intensified in the presence of situational barriers (e.g., LO takes a new job, LO moves out of town, LO’s schedule interferes with or prevents spending time together)

  • Impaired functioning
    • Significant relationships and responsibilities are compromised due to preoccupation on LO

 

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+3 # somebody 2015-02-23 22:24
Oh gee i think i have limerence... :sad: what do i do
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+3 # Alyson 2015-03-24 20:42
:cry: I think/ know I have limerence. What do I do? :cry:
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+3 # judy 2015-05-14 14:24
Yeah.. Definitely limerent.. Damn
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+3 # Melissa 2015-05-18 02:10
Me too! In some respects, it is a relief to know there is a name for this, and that I am not alone!
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+2 # Kay 2015-06-12 04:03
I now realize I have limerence .. How do I get rid of it .?
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+2 # Paul 2015-08-24 12:05
I'm sure I've been suffering from limerence for the past 10 months. But my LO became aware of it two months in through a friend of his who shouted it at me in a pub (in the presence of my LO). It was so humiliating. My embarrassment at this also constantly affects me also. It's difficult to avoid my LO due to our work, but I do my best to do it as politely as possible. http://www.limerence.net/components/com_jcomments/images/smilies//redface.gifhttp://www.limerence.net/components/com_jcomments/images/smilies//cry.gif
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+14 # A HUMAN 2015-09-11 12:16
I FEEL LIKE I JUST READ MY BIOGRAPHY...
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+4 # ShyGirl24 2015-09-29 10:07
I have suffered this since I was 8. But it, thus far, has only been with fictional characters, in films, books, shows, etc.Far as real life, I have had innocent crushes. But never spent enough time with the guys, and saw their persona enough to become too invested. So my limerence tends to be guys who's personalities and overall character I have seen. And usually that's fictional work.Thus far, my limerence # is 55 guys.
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+4 # Infinite Sadness 2015-10-16 22:57
It's been almost a year now and I don't feel like I'm getting any better. I went from being the happiest person in the world to the most depressed. No one understands. All they say is, you'll find someone else blah blah.... I just feel like it'll never go away. I feel like no matter how successful I become, no matter how much money I have, or time passes by, I'll never get over this. Social thoughts are constantly with me. I don't know what to do...
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+3 # Viki 2016-11-19 12:53
Its been another year. Are you better?
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+1 # David 2015-10-17 06:11
Hi Infinite Sadness

Limerence is a huge mountain to climb and yet it can be assaulted. It will take time, persistence and a lot of other tools. Check out the forum, where others can empathise and support you.
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+4 # Infinite Sadness 2015-10-17 17:11
It's been almost a year now and I don't feel like I'm getting any better. I went from being the happiest person in the world to the most depressed. No one understands. All they say is, you'll find someone else blah blah.... I just feel like it'll never go away. I feel like no matter how successful I become, no matter how much money I have, or time passes by, I'll never get over this. Suicidal thoughts are constantly with me. I don't know what to do...
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0 # JM 2016-10-26 04:06
It will pass. It always does. It just takes time, therefore patience. It is like a habit to let go, meaning to be replaced by another, hopefully healthier one.
I am speaking of experience, and decades lost to this, which were not necessary if I had known more.
Fortunately these forums now give us that knowledge.
Don't despair, and fare well.
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+5 # Relieved 2015-10-22 21:18
I'm so thankful to be able to name what is going on inside of me. I felt like I was going crazy. My feelings are not rational, and I know it, and it is helpful to know that this kind of thing happens to other people. Thanks for this website.
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+2 # Iana 2015-11-26 11:52
Been suffering for five years :cry: at least I'm not alone.
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+1 # Jared 2015-12-09 16:56
I have experienced all the effects, except for having the feelings reciprocated, i mean if i could i defiantly would but i want to be her friend and she is scared of me, she thinks i'm "stalking" her and its tearing me apart. All i do is sit in my room listening to Nsync and Maroon 5 and i'm really scared to talk to her, i want to but its really hard. I just want to be her friend.
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+2 # Steph 2016-05-15 21:28
I think if the feelings are reciprocated then limerence isn't so bad.. It's when we know they don't want us then the intense emotions and symptoms are magnified x200! Idk what to do anymore... Try to suppress the thoughts or go with them... Ugh just what I need to feel like, crazy!!! So glad to know I'm not alone in this... I commend you all for sharing and admitting to having this... It is a courageous act
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0 # Ina 2016-08-30 18:07
Is the case of limerence when you both love each other and you know you will never be together, because all the simptomes of the situation are the same...
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0 # Betty 2017-01-14 03:48
Yes. You google for Limerence , I bet you will have plenty of article where you will see LO may be limerent too.That helps with consummation. But if it does not translate into a true love in course of time (some limerence did give birth of true love ) and one of your limerence wears off then other will suffer from the pain of unrequited love .
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0 # Betty 2017-01-14 03:53
Many thanks to this site. Together we can make a planet.. I am so thankful to everyone who shared their experience and came forward to help other. Knowledge empowers us.
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0 # # smile 2016-05-27 15:52
Each and every damn one
wow
help :/
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0 # Danny 2016-06-11 23:43
Yep. Limerent gay. Love guy abs. Totally aroused now. Infatuated as a young boy. Want em. Idealistic fantasy. qAxn
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+3 # Betty 2017-01-13 23:57
Those who are looking for help - you are already being helped by yourself. That's why you are reading this site. - you found resources and now navigate your way to help you more and get rid of the limerbeast, I did , and you can do too. . But unfortunately I got close to a old friend since last two years, i went through all these symptoms written above . I have a perfect married life, more than perfect wont't be an exaggeration. So have started hating myself and badly trying to come out of this situation . I googled - how to end ' affair" . That was not help as limerence is not cheating and limerence is not 'affair'. Finally I ended up in one site where I found this term. I realized my problem and then I was able to steer myself out of this mess. Not completely though , that's why I am here today . But knowledge is the best power and you need to help yourself . Good luck !! and many thanks to late Dorothy Tennov.
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+1 # Anonymous 2017-03-16 15:38
Hello. What if you LIKE the Limerence feeling like I do? It jut seems to keep me occupied lol xD
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0 # John 2017-04-12 00:18
I just became aware that the things that I have been dealing with for nearly four years are classic symtoms of this condition known as limerence. Every damn symtom to a tee. The most painful part is knowing that the LO as they call the other person will NEVER return the love yet I will likely spend the rest of my life longing for her. Pathetic! My mind understands the clinical nature of this accursed condition but my heart doesn't care and still holds out hope. Just fucking shoot me
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+1 # Arietti 2017-05-30 02:42
I am "in love" with someone who I have never dated or met in real life. I know this person through social media but he does not know of my existence. I've been crying every night for around 8 months because of the fact that it could never happen and i knew I was being completely irrational but I didn't choose to fall for him. I've stopped crying at night but recently I saw him in my dreams holding my hand and I woke up crying because how real it felt. Everyday I still think of him and pray for him because a part of me has love for him and will always care for him but there's nothing on earth I can do about it. I feel like I'm in a long relationship with grief. anyone reads this and is wondering why don't I just message him online and ask him out, it's not that simple. He has a fan base and gets messages from pre teen girls like that on a daily. Why was I suddenly different from them and what makes me any special? These what ifs only gave me mental breakdowns.
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+1 # p 2017-06-10 11:35
I have wrestled with limerence since the age of thirteen. I am now 43. First case was at school. It lasted about 2 years an was unrequited. Very painful experience. Second case lasted about a year and was also unrequited. She was my friend. A couple minor cases occurred over the next few years until at age 20 I met a girl and we had a relationship. We broke up a couple of years later. This was the darkest chapter in my life. I started to drink quiet heavily. She was in my head constantly for about 7 years. I became depressed and at one point contemplate suicide. I used to walk past her house hoping to get a glimpse of her. It was almost stalking and is one of the more shameful things I have done in my life.
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0 # p 2017-06-10 11:36
Even still after all this time she still invades my brain but I've learned how to ignore her. I now have a beautiful wife whom I don't think has ever been my LO. I love her with all my heart. However I still have episodes of limerence for others which I do my best to ignore. The latest LO is somebody I met through my job. I was weak and I kissed her. Now my brain feels like it was put in a blender. I love my wife but LO has hijacked me.
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0 # WantItToStop 2017-09-14 02:51
Well, since I am anonymous here, I feel like I can post this embarrassing part of my life. I posted in another part of this site about my experience with limerance, which is KILLING mr. I'm so obsessed with this cashier at a store that I go to. I'm married, and am at the point where I miss my husband just so that I can imagine that it is my LO. The most embarassing part of this all though, is that I act out little scenarios that I hope will happen with LO. Including driving and putting my hand on the passenger seat, pretending that it is LO's lap. I make out with my arm in the shower, and I kiss my kitchen wall, pretending that it is me and LO. What is wrong with me? If he only knew all this about me he would want a restraining order....
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0 # WantItToStop 2017-09-14 12:58
I have an error. I meant to say that I kiss* my husband just so I can pretend it is my LO. So you can all imagine what I do during sex with my husband, that I imagine that I'm doing it with the cashier. I just got done checking Craigslist Missed Connections hoping that he posted something about me. I check it multiple times a day. This guy is taking over my life.
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0 # Over this 2017-09-18 06:21
I think I've been limerant since I was a child.I have always had great relationships with friends and partners but always had these lo's secretly on the side.I always thought I was just crushing inappropriately but now my latest Lo has completely hijacked my world.I know it's all on me, I need to change my thoughts and learn to love myself so I can heal from this.
I really am desperate
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