Very often, people experiencing a crush know their expectations are unrealistic. They may even be aware that they do not have a chance with this person. Maybe it is incompatibility, unrequited feelings, or that the person is already taken. One thing is for sure: these emotions can feel all-consuming. Feeling anxious, angry, hurt, bitter, hopeless, or isolated is completely normal and part of this experience. If you want to know how to get over a crush, how to get stop thinking about someone, or how to stop liking someone and quit obsessing over them, it is important to consider your new crush in objective terms. Continue reading to learn more tips.
Most crushes are short-lived--they either progress into a romantic relationship or dissolve within a few weeks or months. Often times a person can experience heartache, helplessness, loneliness, stress, regret, embarrassment, fear and frustration after a crush doesn’t work out. But don’t worry. Even if you feel stuck in some intense feelings about this crush, it's good to know that the most destructive and heart-wrenching feelings of disappointment will pass soon. According to modern psychologists and studies, most crushes only last four months. Naturally, if we're chemically attracted to someone's looks, we may always think they're handsome or pretty--even years down the road. But the intensity of the romantic feelings and romance will eventually subside until we are no longer disappointed or frustrated we aren't with them, or if we’ve found someone else. We may come to realize that the pain that came with what we thought was an out-of-control love affair may have just been a mild case of "summer love" in reality. You might realize that this crush wasn't meant to be in your life long term. You have the ability to change your narrative and protect your well-being by finding clarity in past relationships or situations. There may be a reason why this didn't work out.
That said, if you develop feelings for someone, you should be sure the feelings you have for this person are not reciprocated. Otherwise, you could be missing out on a great and healthy relationship and feel regretful you never said anything! Guilt can cause pain and tears, and make you think about the reasons why you shouldn't have ended something. Imagine if you never said a word about all your feelings and found out down the line that it wasn’t unrequited love – they actually liked you back… talk about a missed opportunity! You may even envy the you that had an opportunity in the past. There are ways to find this information about a new crush without facing humiliation, risking your emotions, or ending up embarrassed, but the fact is that most of the time, you know if someone is interested.
If you’re trying to get over a crush, the best thing to do is to talk to the person as a friend and try to interact with them like a normal person and not as true love, a perfect match, a romantic partner, or a person you are developing feelings for. Try spending time with them to talk and find out if you have anything in common or what's going on in their lives. Having conversations with this person can leave to clarity. After all, getting to know someone and their daily life is the backbone of any real relationship, and fostering intimacy is what really allows you to know someone, according to Women’s Health assistant editor Alexis Jones.
After getting to know your crush, you may be shocked to discover that they're nothing like you imagined them to be. Their morals and ethics may be beneath you. Their social media accounts may be offensive or inappropriate. They may do things without remorse that would leave you feeling terribly guilty. They may be intellectually lacking in conversation. Their lifestyle may be the opposite of what you want in life. They may make you feel miserable when you are around them or realize you just simply have nothing in common. So the worst thing to do is to just avoid the person and keep fantasizing about him/her. You owe it to yourself to contact your crush, stop idealizing them have a real-world conversation. It will benefit your wellness and happiness if you find closure. Release this pressure from your body. You may realize they’re not the only person for you, as you once believed. If there's no chemistry there, make the right decisions when it comes to moving on. There will be someone out there who has interest in the same activities, tv show, games, pop culture tastes, and world views as you and who knows where you might find them- your workplace, at the gym during your workout routine, your local coffee shop, taking up a new hobby, at happy hour, or even online! Follow your own path and follow your gut.
So what do you do if you find yourself lost in a crush? How do you get over a crush or unrequited love while keeping your self-confidence intact? Below are a number of ideas on how to get rid of a crush:
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How Do You Get Over A Crush In A Relationship?
This question could mean one of two things: you’re in a relationship and are crushing on someone, or you have a crush on a person, but they are in a relationship.
Either way, there are some steps you can take to get over a crush.
With that said, if your crush is the one in a relationship, keep them at a distance, but don’t close the door. You may get lucky if the crush breaks up with their partner. With that said, don’t be a homewrecker, either.
What Causes A Crush?
If you have a sudden, new crush, you may wonder what the causes are. This can depend, and there are several causes that it can be:
And sometimes, a crush doesn’t have an explanation. You may look at the person you had a crush on and think to yourself, “What did I ever see in them?” Of course, there is no shame in having a crush.
How Do You Know Someone Is Thinking About You?
If you look this question up, you’re going to find many articles claiming that there are psychic signs that someone may be thinking about you. A common phenomenon like sneezing, hiccupping, and a sudden change in mood, all of these are apparent signs that someone is thinking about you.
Of course, there isn’t any scientific evidence for this. However, there are some signs you can tell if someone’s thinking about you that have more evidence. For example, if someone checks upon you, or they talk about you to their peers. This can mean that you’re occupying their mind.
Is It OK To Have A Crush While Married?
Having feelings for someone else while married is more common than you think. Even when married, many people may see someone they find attractive.
For the most part, it’s common, and if you aren’t committing infidelity, it’s nothing to worried about. With a crush, you’re usually going to forget about them in a few weeks, anyway. If you feel like the relationship could be something more, that’s when you should talk with a couple's therapist or someone else who can help you make sense of how you’re feeling.
Are Crushes Healthy?
Most people, especially in their younger years, have crushes. If they were all unhealthy, we’d all be in danger! For most people, developing feelings is a normal part of life. Pop culture sometimes glorifies crushes, making us feel like we’re incomplete without someone to project our feelings onto. However, everything is bad in excess, and crushes are no different. If you’re constantly obsessing and stalking them (we mostly mean physically, not perusing your crush’s social media on occasion), you may need some help. Otherwise, it’s a healthy part of life.
Why Is It Called Crush?
English can be an odd language, with multiple definitions of words that don’t seem to be related. “Crush” usually means to destroy something with strong compression. You crush a can under your feet, for example. So how did the word “crush” also become the word used to describe a brief infatuation with someone?
Like many slang terms, the exact origins are unknown, but there have been a few explanations. The term has been used since the late 1800s, at least recorded, and the best explanation is that the word is a variation on the word “mash,” which was a term also used to describe an infatuation with someone. Since the word “mash” and “crush” have similar definitions in the pulverizing context, they soon had something else in common, too.
How Do I Stop Thinking About Someone?
When someone tells you to stop thinking about someone, it’s easier said than done. Let’s give you an example. Don’t think of an apple. The first thing that’s in your head is an apple, isn’t it?
To stop thinking about someone, you often need to do something else to distract you from them. Get out, start talking with other people, make a friend, have a good time. Practice mindfulness and meditation, two techniques that can push self-defeating thoughts out of your mind.
Therapy is a good way to learn some techniques to help you to stop thinking of someone.
How Do You Get Over A Crush Fast?
It’s not always easy to get over a crush. However, if you want to focus on moving on, there are a few things you can do to help speed the process along.
How Do You Know If Your Crush Likes You?
If you have a crush on someone, it’s natural to wonder if they may like you or are developing feelings for you. Even if your crush likes you secretly, there are a few things that may signal they are beginning to like you, too.
How Can I Be Friends With My Crush After Rejection?
The truth is, not everyone can be friends with a crush after rejection. If your crushes don't return the feelings for you, they can cause you to feel real pain. It’s easy for unrequited feelings to make you question the chance of having a healthy relationship that involves mutual love and respect. So, there’s a lot to consider if you think you want to be friends with your crush after being rejected.
Pay attention to the way the other person acts around you. If your crushes aren't friendly towards you or if they go out of their way to not talk to you or be around you, you may need to back off the idea of pursuing a friendship. For a while, it may even be best to cut off contact with your crushes.
On the other hand, if your crushes act like they are happy to see you and you have mutual friends and interests in common, it may be easier to develop a friendship. It’s important to remember, that if your crush isn’t interested in a romantic relationship, your reaction should constitute acceptance of their choice.
If you take the rejection hard, you may go through a grieving process as you are faced with the reality of unrequited love. During this time, it may be a good idea to talk to a therapist or counselor to help you deal with the feelings of rejection you are experiencing. Once you have been able to process your feelings, you may then consider the idea of developing a mutual friendship with the person who used to be your crush.
How Can You Get Someone Off Your Mind?
One of the best ways to get your crushes off your mind is to spend time with others. You may spend time with your best friend or family members, and engage in activities that expose you to opportunities to meet new people. Also, if you are trying to get your mind off someone, it’s important to cut off contact with them as much as possible. Even if you are not ready to start dating, you can still find activities that involve friends and family that will help occupy your time and keep your mind distracted from the thoughts of the person you have been focusing on. Consider starting a new exercise or workout routine. Exercise is a great way to clear your mind and focus on your own physical and mental health.
Additionally, if your thoughts about your crushes are persistent or obsessive, it may be a good idea to consider talking to a therapist or mental health counselor. While not all crushes are bad, if you think about the object of your affection so much that it interferes with your daily life and responsibilities, you may need to learn ways of addressing your feelings and how you feel about the unrequited love you are experiencing.
How Can You Win A Guy's Heart?
There are several opinions regarding what are the best ways you can win a guy’s heart. Some methods work for one person while others may need to try a different approach. A few things you can do to help make a guy notice you include the following.
How Do Crushes Start?
Typically, crushes start when a person feels a form of admiration for another. You may see someone who has an outgoing personality, is attractive or has a character trait that you find appealing. Often crashes occur when a person idealizes what they believe the other person is like.
At What Age Do Girls Start Liking Boys?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, on average, girls begin liking boys around approximately 12 years old. A girl’s upbringing, family and religious beliefs, and exposure to boys may influence how early she begins to like boys.
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