Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW tells Bustle readers the difference between being in love and being emotionally dependent on your partner.
“When you are emotionally dependent on your partner, your mood (happiness, sadness, loneliness, anxiety) is mostly contingent upon your partner’s mood and upon your interpretation of what you believe your partner’s mood is,” Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW, clinical psychologist and social worker, tells Bustle. Basically, if your partner comes home in a funk, you may be in that funk. Beyond that, you might wonder if your partner’s bad moods have something to do with you. But when you’re in love, it shouldn’t be like that. “You will feel pain if your partner is experiencing pain, and you will experience sadness if your partner is experiencing sadness, however you will not feel fully responsible for their feelings,” she says.
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