How Do People Express Love?

Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. People express love in a variety of ways. This diversity in love and loving has made expressing and finding love in today’s society a bit complex for some people. Heterosexual love and romance in this new era reflects a change that has been evident in the roles of woman and men since the emergence of the contemporary women’s movement.  Traditional roles may have been characterized by the woman being submissive and passive to her husband. However in today’s society roles have changed in a dramatic way. This change has resulted in a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty as couples try to balance traditional norms with current developments in the absence of clear-cut rules and guidelines. For some, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives, providing a source of deep fulfillment. The ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not innate. A great deal of evidence suggests that the ability to form a stable relationship begins in infancy, in a child’s earliest experiences with its mother and farther. Which the child relies on to meets their needs for food, care, protection, stimulation, and social contact. Those relationships are not destiny, but they appear to establish patterns of relating to others. Failed relationships happen for many reasons, and the failure of a relationship is often a source of great psychological anguish. Most of us have to work consciously to master the skills necessary to make them flourish.  I will explain three reasons why people have a hard time expressing their love.

  1. Fear of Disapproval and Rejection

A lot of people are terrified of rejection and ending up alone that you would rather swallow your feelings and put up with something or someone who really doesn’t make you happy rather than taking the chance of making anyone mad at you.

  1. Low Self-Esteem

You believe that you are not entitled to express your feelings or to ask others for what you want. You think you should always please other people and meet their expectations.

  1. Emotional Perfectionism

You believe that you should not have feelings such as anger, jealousy, depression, or anxiety. You believe that you should always be rational and in control of your emotions this can become a major issue when trying to express love.


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About Jay Colby

Some would categorize me as an entrepreneur, life coach, son, friend and all of the above. I’m just another person trying to find my way in this world. Until recently, I was unsure what my path in this life would consist of. Like many others I was between I know what I want to do but not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I am currently finishing my degree in something that has nothing to do with becoming a writer or entrepreneur so automatically it qualifies me to become one right! Follow me as I go through this journey called life to impact and encourage one person at a time.
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43 Responses to How Do People Express Love?

  1. Miss Yeney says:

    I saw your comment on two of my posts linking to this one. I agree with those 3 that you listed.
    I would like to add on this list based on my experience and own understanding (without confirmation):
    1. I think some people are really not that expressive of what they feel. Like, maybe they are somewhat confused on what to do or how to express it because they are not used to it or they don’t really just do.
    2. I think some people believe that they don’t need to express what they feel because they think they are being understood when actually not.
    Just an opinion and I don’t know if anyone can relate.

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  2. I think I can really relate much this one, so far get anything a risk but you’re just afraid to do it, you make hard to express because you fear rejection most of the time. Thanks for having this article.

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  3. thoughtcascadeblog says:

    Number 3 in a bad way LOL but I just tell my husband he had better love me right now or else LOL He is also a number 3 so we sit there and eye each other until I just say, You know you cant live with out me so quit pretending, and it breaks the ice., especially if he is out of town working for a few days. I find if I just throw myself at him when he walks through the door …. everything is ok 😉😆😂

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  4. What a thoughtful and interesting read. I do believe, however, that true love, on most occasions, should simply click into place. It reminds me of a quote by Doctor Suess: “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

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  5. Tareau Barron says:

    Great post my brotha keep it up man

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  6. Bauhinia says:

    Thanks for writing this interesting post. However, another reason I would like to point out is that cultural difference also plays a part. In East Asian countries, people tend not to confess their affection verbally as this would deem embarrassing. Only by relatively implicit, multiple actions would they express their care and love.

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  7. Very interesting blog, and I am glad I found you. I will enjoy following you!

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  8. unibookworm says:

    Interesting and valid points- to this I would add, those who have been hurt before, will put their walls up. Also those who tend to trust logic and analysis over feelings, find it difficult to express them- being vulnerable is an uncomfortable concept. But as Mark Twain said, “Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.” Cause that’s truly living 😉 in good time and patience- they will reach the same point.

    By the way, I nominated you for the 3 Quotes for 3 Days Challenge😉

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  9. callmetrav says:

    You make a great points about the reasons people find it hard to love. Fear of disapproval or rejection is a major one.

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  10. no face woman says:

    Being rational and in control of your emotions is an enormous hindrance I agree! I struggle with this most of the time. Great read, again ❤

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  11. vishal4u says:

    Jay you mentioned at the very beginning of the article that the ability to express love is learnt by the child from his parents, if it is so then if he sees his parents failed in their relationship then it affects him also, he might also have commitments issue.

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  13. This is such a great post.

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  14. Most people express love the way they have been raised.

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  15. TipsterPH says:

    I agree with the three reasons you pointed out. Great post!

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  16. astoldbysid says:

    I really enjoyed this read. I think I personally struggle with the fear of rejections as well as trying to have control over my own emotions, but I’m learning how to do better, and I’m learning love. Great post! 🙂

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  17. cslewisgo says:

    Is it possible that the reason why people can’t express love is that they never learned how? The lexicon of love is a tricky language to master and some of the words are either unknown or misused.

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  18. kristinagallo says:

    Unexpressed love is the hardest choice. I believe that people will afraid to express love cause of those reasons , just nothing is such painful as regret.

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  19. jane tims says:

    I lived in a loving family where no one ever expressed love specifically … I was in my forties before I hugged my mom ( although I know I hugged her as a child). I tell my husband and son I love them all the time … but I realize you don’t have to say it to mean it and live it!

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  20. Amber says:

    I enjoyed reading this post. When learning to express love, self love is so important and a great start.

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  21. Kaycee says:

    Wow I agree with the low self esteem part

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  22. Lilac & Honey Blog says:

    great perspective!

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  23. geminilvr says:

    I think the older you get the more past issues and hurts play a role and make us guarded in expressing our love.

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  24. hettyingram says:

    Great post! Fear of rejection seems to be a huge factor for so many! Very well done 🙂

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  25. sadgalseries says:

    As someone that fears rejection I felt like this somewhat speaks to me, I don’t like taking risks in this department but thinking what if is worse really

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  26. akratiblog says:

    Beautiful! May be you can read my blog too.. Sometimes.. 😄

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