Love is never loving unless it can be considered to be true. Unfortunately, there are just so many people out there who would be masquerading their selfish intentions as love and passion. Sometimes, you might even find yourself feeling confused about whether you love another person or not. You know that you have a genuine interest in them, but you’re not entirely sure if that’s enough to warrant love.

How can you tell? What’s the difference?

You might be finding yourself in a relationship with someone who you know that you like on an intense and profound level. But before things get any hotter and more oppressive, you want to make sure that it’s the real thing. You want to make sure that you’re actually in love for real. Otherwise, you might just be setting yourself up for disappointment and failure. But how do you know for sure? What are the signs?

It’s so easy to get confused whenever you let your infatuation run wild. Sometimes, when you pair obsession and desperation, it can make for a very volatile and dangerous situation. You would end up liking someone so much that your desperation leads you to believe that you’re already in love with them even when you aren’t.

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That’s why you need to know if your relationship is one that is built on true love or not. And here are a few differences that you might want to take note of to help you gain clarity regarding your relationship situation:

1. True love makes compromises; fake love is selfish.

True love always shows a willingness to make compromises. It’s about two people who understand that the needs of the relationship are still going to supersede the needs of the individual.

2. True love stays honest; fake love relishes in lies.

True love is always going to be honest. There is going to be no semblance of deceit or deception when it comes to true love. There is only openness, transparency, honesty, and trust. There can never be true love when there are a lot of lies and deceits involved.

3. True love is patient and understanding; fake love is short-fused.

True love is always going to be patient and understanding. You’re still going to have a partner who understands that you won’t always be at your best and that you will sometimes make mistakes. But you will never have to worry about them losing their cool just because you get something wrong every once in a while.

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4. True love is humble; fake love is egotistical and narcissistic.

True love is always going to espouse a sense of humility. It always knows that it isn’t perfect and that it has many flaws that need to be worked on. But it still works tirelessly to learn from mistakes and to grow from weaknesses.

5. True love is fulfilling; fake love is exhausting.

True love is always going to give you a sense of meaning and fulfillment. Not to say that you’re never going to put in any effort or hard work. But at the end of the day, you’re always going to feel like your relationship is going to be worth it. You’re still going to feel fulfilled.

6. True love is always thankful; fake love never contented.

True love is always going to show gratitude and appreciation. You are going to have a partner who would never be shy about expressing just how much they care about you. They would always be willing to show you the appreciation for everything that you do in the relationship.

7.True love is protective; fake love is harmful.

True love is always going to give you a sense of safety. You are never going to have to feel unsafe or insecure when you’re in a relationship with true love. When you have a partner, you are indeed in love with, and you know that you can always find a sense of comfort and home whenever you are together.

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8. True love is loyal; fake love isn’t committed.

True love is always going to stay loyal. You have a partner who is going to stay true to you and only to you. They aren’t going to be looking elsewhere for stimulation or affection. They love you, and they would never allow themselves to get distracted or sidetracked.

9. True love is the kind that lasts; fake love withers away.

True love is always going to be the kind that lasts. No matter what type of challenges or problems your relationship might face, true love is still going to give you the fuel that you need to keep on pushing forward. You know that you have a sincere desire when you and your partner do whatever it takes to make your relationship work.

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