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I said 'I love you'. She said nothing.

By Chris Hart October 25, 06:00 am
When you say ‘I love you’ several times and they don't say it back, is it a big deal? Am I just overreacting? Could it mean that she is not into me?

Too soon?

It’s possible you’ve started saying ‘I love you’ too soon.

As relationships develop, couples gradually disclose more and more information about each other. Starting with facts, their work for example, what they like doing, and so on.

And then they gradually start to reveal their feelings for one another – and their hopes and expectations for the relationship. But they won’t say anything too revealing before they trust you.

Trust first, then feelings

So you need to look for signs that your girlfriend trusts you enough to reveal her feelings to you, before you reveal yours to her.

For most couples, that comes after they’ve started to get physically close. So don’t start saying ‘I love you,’ before you’re comfortable kissing one another!

It’s possible that your girlfriend feels you’re being needy. Saying ‘I love you’ too often, or just being too eager or insecure would do that. Like messaging too much, or always insisting on knowing where she is, or trying to keep her away from her friends.

Choose the right moment

And so perhaps your girlfriend is trying to hold things back for a while. Or maybe you’re just choosing the wrong time or mood to say something so intimate? Things need to be relaxed and casual – and private – before you’ll get a response.

So probably the best thing is to stop talking about love for a while and make sure you’re getting those other things right first. Once that happens it’s likely that your girlfriend will gradually start saying ‘I love you.’ In any case, don’t say those words again until she does.

And if she doesn’t? Ask her if she finds it difficult to say the words, and listen for hints that her background or upbringing may be the cause.

That’s especially true of anyone who had a difficult childhood or youth, or who went to a boarding school, where people are likely to make fun of you if you’re emotional.

Or maybe your girlfriend grew up in a family or community where no one ever said ‘I love you,’ or anything like that. And so she always feels embarrassed hearing or saying anything so intimate.

Or showing any sort of vulnerability, such as revealing her feelings. If that’s so, just get used to it! Though she may gradually change with time – so long as you don’t pressure her.

Or maybe she’ll say she just isn’t that into you!
And if that happens? Politely move on.


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I'm in a relationship with someone who doesn't care about me He doesn't know when am sick or okay He is a jealous person I don't have my time to do anything i want to do Plz what do i do

Hey Peace, is this what you want in a partner and relationship? Have you talked to him about these issues? It is important you talk about these concerns with your partner and then make a decision on how to proceed. It is important that you still have your time even when you are dating and your partner allows for such time since you are still an individual. Do find a good time to talk about these concerns including where the jealousy and trust issues are coming from. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/love-relationships/relationship-problems/jealousy-and-other-problems

Hi Rashid, 

It could mean that she is not ready to say 'I love you' back or maybe the timing was not right. So probably the best thing is to stop talking about love for a while and make sure you’re getting those other things right first. Once that happens it’s likely that your girlfriend will gradually start saying ‘I love you.’ 

Anthony
Sun, 05/23/2021 - 11:40 am
Everything you've said here is true Mr Frank,it happened to me from the first point up to the last one, am happy she has told me that she loves me for the first 👏👏let me go and fish today😅😅
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