Love is the strong feeling of affection you feel for someone. It connects you to the one with whom you can be yourself without any inhibitions. Lust, on the other hand, is the intense desire to gratify physical urges. It is a feeling that makes you want to be with someone who you think can satisfy your sexual desires.
The doorway to these two feelings may be the same, but they take entirely different routes. This common doorway causes the main confusion for several individuals. So, how do you differentiate between love and lust? The following are some of the most common differences between love and lust.
20 Differences Between Love And Lust
You may not be sure if what you feel for someone is love or lust, so here are some differences to help you tell the feelings apart.
1. Talk vs. No talk
When in love, you enjoy their company so much that you easily lose track of time. You never fall short of topics to talk on and wish to know more about them. In lust, you are more interested in the physical aspect of the relationship. You only enjoy conversations related to physical intimacy and are not interested in talking about any other topic.
2. Butterflies vs. Sex
If merely thinking of your partner gives you butterflies in your stomach and brings a big, broad smile to your face, it means you are in love with them. But, if sex is the only thing that comes to your mind when you think of them, it is lust.
3. Cuddles vs. Sleep
After some fun in the sack, you may want to cuddle up and speak to your partner. If not immediately, then surely the next morning. You would prefer to have a good chat because you love them and are interested in them. But, if you prefer to bid a quick goodbye after you feel spent and satisfied, it hints at your lust for them and nothing more.
4. Compromise vs. Selfish decisions
Your partner may hint at moving to another city for better prospects. For their sake, you may move with them. And if not, you will at least consider their suggestion. In a relationship based on lust, if you see yourself not getting what you want, you will prefer saying your goodbyes and start looking for another partner.
5. Acknowledgement vs. Secrecy
In love, you will want your loved ones to know about the special person in your life. You will introduce them to your family and friends. But in lust, you do not want your people to know anything about them. In fact, neither you nor your partner knows much about your respective private lives.
6. Care vs. Indifference
They message you saying they had a bad day at work. In love, you will worry for them and try ways to make them feel better. In lust, you will not care about their problems because you do not feel concerned about what happens in their personal life. You feel concerned only if they are unable to meet you due to other tensions.
7. Public appearance vs. Private meetings
If you love this person and seek a long-term relationship with them, you will take them to official and family events so people know you are dating them. In lust, you prefer meeting them privately where not many people see you with them because you know your relationship will not last long enough.
8. Deep conversations vs. Short talks
You engage in deep, meaningful conversations only with someone you love and see yourself with in the future. In lust, you avoid having long or deep conversations as you are neither interested in knowing that person nor are you willing to open up about yourself to them.
9. Perfection vs. Imperfection
Initially, you may feel attracted to someone because you think they are perfect. But when you get to know them, you also learn about their imperfections, and slowly, those imperfections seem attractive to you. But in lust, when you discover faults in them, you start losing interest, and their imperfections bother you much.
10. Hard work vs. Easy work
Maintaining a relationship requires a lot of work. There will be ups and downs, and if you love your partner, you will be willing to go through all of it with a smile on your face. In lust, the relationship feels worth fighting for as long as your physical demands are being met. Once the physical attraction fades, the relationship too goes kaput.
11. Vulnerability vs. Guardedness
In love, you do not mind letting your guard down and being vulnerable with your partner. By doing so, you manage to strengthen your bond with them. In lust, you are afraid of exposing your weaknesses to them and are not comfortable letting your guard down. You do not desire to connect deeply with them.
12. Long-term vs. Short-term
A relationship based on love persists for a long time. You and your partner are willing to tough it out to be together. This does not happen in a relationship based on lust. It fades as quickly as it starts because lust does not involve feelings and emotions.
13. Normal behavior vs. Unhealthy behavior
When you love someone, you try to be as truthful as possible with them. You avoid lying because you are in it for the long haul and do not wish to jeopardize it by lying. Lusting is concerned with how your partner perceives you, and you will go to any lengths to maintain that fancy image. You will lie and fake things for as long as the relationship lasts.
14. Lack of judgment vs. Judgmental attitude
Loving someone is about understanding them and accepting them for who they are and not being critical of their choices. Lusting does not work this way, and it makes you judgmental of the person you are with — you do not want to be with someone who is not up to your standards.
15. Support vs. No support
Perhaps your partner needs help financially or for any other reason. If you love them, you will offer help and support in any way possible. But when connected by lust, you may feel reluctant to help them because you know this won’t last long, and you do not wish to invest your time, energy, or money in them.
16. Quality time together vs. Only time for sex
When you are in love, planning for vacations, dates, or simple outings makes you happy, and you connect with your partner on an emotional level. However, if you find yourself only in a bed with your partner and nowhere else, it means it is lust that is keeping you together.
17. Inner beauty vs. Outer appearance
Love may start as a physical attraction, but it gradually moves on to an emotional connection where the outer appearance of your partner becomes secondary. Lust starts with physical attraction and does not move beyond it. You like your partner for as long as they look attractive to you.
18. Commitment vs. Non-commitment
Committing to a person is the biggest sign of love. You love them enough to wish for a future with them; hence, committing to them seems natural. But when you are interested only in the physical aspect, commitment is never on the cards for you. In fact, you run far away from it.
19. Love for you vs. Love for themselves
When you are in love, you are more concerned about your partner’s happiness and well-being. You even work hard to make them happy. In lust, you are more self-centered and are only concerned with the gratification of your senses and the fulfillment of your desires.
20. Problem-solving vs. Unchallenged issues
Disagreements happen in every relationship. But a couple in love will try to resolve them amicably. The couple won’t let an issue slide until it is mutually solved. In lust, you aim to ignore the situation so you can go on without any extra stress. You ignore their mistakes because you feel it is a temporary relationship and there is no point in correcting and improving each other.
Love is complicated, and so is lust. The initial rush and excitement of love and lust are so similar that it becomes difficult to tell the difference. The main difference between these two feelings, however, is the pace at which each develops. Love grows, evolves, and blooms with time, while lust heightens, fades, and eventually dissipates. The next time you wish to identify the basis of your relationship, observe the direction your relationship is taking and watch out for the signs listed above and you will have your answer.