Love addiction is a condition in which individuals do not fall in love with someone who will return their affection.
Rather, they are attracted to somebody who will neglect the relationship.
Alan R Lang has done much research on personality traits that play into addiction.
While his research found that there is no single set of traits that is definitive of an “addictive personality", he did find several “significant personality factors”.
This sensation seeking trait may be a result of an overactive “approach” system, and those individuals thus seek out external stimuli to compensate for a decreased level of internal arousal.
Those who are high in sensation seeking, who have an active behavioral approach system, are more likely to develop addictions.
Tatkin has seen many online dating success stories.
But, like other ways of meeting someone, he says it’s a “roll of the dice.” It’s important to carefully vet a prospective mate and avoid feeling too familiar too quickly.
That’s when you’ll know, from the deepest and purest part of you, that you just can’t live like this any more.
Neurotransmitters are another factor thought to contribute to addictive personalities.
Abnormalities in dopamine levels can lead individuals to partake in activities that give them a dopamine “high,” which then becomes addicting.
“Safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind,” says Stan Tatkin, Psy D, MFT, author and assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
“In this digital age, we mostly know nothing about our courting partner.” As a couples therapist, Dr.