Does an avoidant love you? If you don’t know the answer to that question, it may be time to do some exploring.
In case you’re not sure what your partner’s thoughts are on the relationship, there are some more concrete signs you can watch out for.
But what if an avoidant loves you? Understanding your partner’s feelings and needs is a key element to building a successful relationship.
However, knowing what to do next is a little trickier and requires a deeper understanding.
For your relationship to work, you’ll need to get a grip on your partner’s unique personality type or attachment style, while also understanding yourself.
So, let’s talk about the signs that show an avoidant person loves you and see what you could do next.
What is an avoidant?
To figure out whether an avoidant loves you or not, you should first understand a few things about this person.
First of all, let me tell you that there is a difference between an avoidant personality disorder and an avoidant attachment style. Some people who have an avoidant attachment style do not necessarily have this personality disorder.
Second of all, an avoidant person is simply someone who has trouble getting close to people. He or she is not comfortable with emotional involvement and might even prefer being alone, away from a crowd.
What are the characteristics of an avoidant?
An avoidant is someone who:
- Is uncomfortable with emotional intimacy;
- Can be pessimistic, shy, and unsure of himself or herself;
- Is very self-sufficient, even though he or she may want a partner.
- Is afraid of rejection and abandonment, as well as vulnerability and closeness.
Even though avoidants can be quite independent, they still need companionship and love.
And, since they’re not very good at displaying affection, you may want to watch out for signs that an avoidant loves you.
Here are 12 signs that an avoidant loves you
1) They tell you one of their secrets
Sharing secrets is a sign of closeness in any relationship. So, if an avoidant tells you one of his or her secrets, it probably means that they trust you enough to be close.
In the case of avoidants, secrets can be quite difficult to share. Why?
For example, they might not want to feel vulnerable in front of you. Or they might be afraid of being judged by you.
Whatever the reason, if an avoidant tells you something private, do not take this lightly!
This might be a sign that they’re in love with you.
Note this: the smallest secret counts.
If an avoidant tells you anything from their past, it’s usually a sign that they want to open up to you.
2) They are affectionate in an awkward way
Does he or she show affection in a non-traditional way? If they do, it could very well be a sign that they love you.
For example, instead of giving you a kiss, they might pat your head or ruffle your hair. Or maybe they might put their arm on your shoulder instead of wrapping their arms around your waist. It all depends on the person and their preferences.
However, don’t expect them to do so in public. How so?
An avoidant can be shy and awkward with affection, so it might be better for them to do their special show of affection at home.
In fact, some avoidants might not even want to hold hands or hug you in public (even if they love you).
3) You are patient with them and don’t rush them
This sign can also reveal an avoidant’s feelings for you. How come?
If you’re patient with an avoidant, it means that you are giving them exactly what they need.
Let me explain:
An avoidant needs time to open up and share his or her feelings.
As a result, avoidants are often afraid of becoming too close to anyone. They might even be more fearful of being vulnerable than you might think.
So if you’re patient with an avoidant and you don’t rush him or her into anything, this might be a sign that you’re the one for them.
Why? A patient person will never demand that they pick up their pace.
That’s exactly what an avoidant needs in a relationship.
4) He wants to protect you and help you out
A person in love will always want to protect their partner and help them out. As a matter of fact, they’ll do just about anything to keep their partner safe.
Does your avoidant do this?
There’s actually a psychological term for what I’m talking about here. It’s called the ‘hero instinct’ and it only applies to men.
This concept is generating a lot of buzz at the moment as a way to explain what really drives men in relationships (including avoidant men).
I know it might all seem kind of silly. In this day and age, women don’t need someone to rescue them. They don’t need a ‘hero’ in their lives.
But this misses the point about what the hero instinct is all about.
The hero instinct is an instinctive need that men have to step up to the plate for the woman in their lives. This is deeply rooted in male biology.
When a man genuinely feels like your everyday hero, he’ll become more loving, attentive, and committed to being in a long-term relationship with you.
But how do you trigger this instinct in an avoidant man?
The trick is to make him feel like a hero in an authentic way. And there are things you can say and messages you can send to trigger this natural biological instinct.
If you want some help doing this, check out James Bauer’s excellent free video here.
I don’t often recommend videos or buy into popular new concepts in psychology, but the hero instinct is one of the most fascinating concepts I’ve come across.
5) They initiate spending time with you
Want to know another big sign an avoidant loves you? They initiate spending time with you.
To understand this point, you must know that avoidants like spending time alone. They often prefer to be alone rather than spend time with a romantic partner.
The reason is that avoidants are often uncertain of whom they can trust and don’t want to be judged by you.
So, if he or she asks you to do something together, it could be a sign of closeness.
However, don’t expect anything exciting to happen.
An avoidant will probably choose to hang out with you in quiet, calm places. Or, they might just want to spend some time reading a book (something they enjoy doing).
6) You don’t threaten their independence
Listen, there is much more you need to know about your avoidant partner.
For example, being independent or feeling like they are is very important for an avoidant.
They like to “do their own thing” and want to feel independent in a relationship. If things don’t go that way, they might become uncomfortable and begin to pull away from you.
In fact, they fear they might lose their independence and even their identity if they get too attached to someone.
So, if you’ve found a way to respect your avoidant partner’s independence, it could mean that you’re the one for them.
If so, trust me: they’ve already noticed it.
7) They are not afraid to be physical with you
Although an avoidant may not be comfortable with affection, they still might want to be intimate.
In fact, when an avoidant loves someone, they’re much more able to get physically close to them.
So, if you enjoy a satisfying sex life with your avoidant, it could be a sign that they’re in love with you.
This might not seem like a big deal to you. However, avoidants are not the most physical people.
Remember: many of them are even too shy to hold hands in public. That’s why a passionate, physical relationship is a sign that they love you.
8) A professional relationship coach confirms it
While the signs in this article will help you figure out whether an avoidant loves you, it can be helpful to speak to a relationship coach about your situation.
With a professional relationship coach, you can get advice tailored to the specific issues you’re facing in your love life.
Relationship Hero is a site where highly trained relationship coaches help people navigate complex and difficult love situations, like being in a relationship with an avoidant person. They’re popular because they genuinely help people solve problems.
Why do I recommend them?
Well, after going through difficulties in my own love life, I reached out to them a few months ago. After feeling helpless for so long, they gave me a unique insight into the dynamics of my relationship, including practical advice on how to overcome the issues I was facing.
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9) They talk about what bothered them at work
Why is this a sign that an avoidant loves you?
You might think that talking about what bothers us throughout the day is a common thing to do.
Well, it is for most of us, but not for an avoidant. How so?
Another thing you should know about your avoidant partner is that he or she has a hard time being genuine about how they really feel.
Usually, when something makes them feel stressed or anxious, they appear calm and centered. They act this way because they don’t want others to think they’re weak or notice any sign of weakness in them.
But if they do share what bothers them with you, it can be a sign that they’re in love with you.
This might seem hard to believe. But trust me: you’ll know because your avoidant will open up to you much more often than usual. You will notice the difference.
10) They become more and more emotionally available
What does it really mean to be emotionally available?
To put it simply, it means being able to be close to people without worrying about what they might think of you or that they might hurt you.
What are the signs of emotional availability in an avoidant?
- They’re not afraid to show their emotions;
- They’re not afraid to be vulnerable;
- They’re not afraid to ask for help or support;
So if you’ve noticed that your avoidant partner is becoming emotionally available, it’s a big sign they love you.
11) They embrace your differences and acknowledge them
Why is this important?
It’s important because the thing about avoidants is that they try to perfect themselves and avoid anything that might make them feel insecure or weak.
So if your partner is embracing your differences, it’s a sign that he or she loves you. In fact, it means they’re willing to make your relationship work even if you have differences.
Some of these differences may seem small (like having different tastes in music) but they can make a huge difference in your relationship.
Other examples are different political views or religious beliefs.
12) They include you in their lives
An avoidant keeps a small circle of friends. In fact, they are close to very few people in their lives.
So if you’re part of that circle, it’s a sign that you’re important to them.
But that’s not all. By doing so, your partner confirms that they are comfortable around you, which can be the best sign that they love you!
However, if you still didn’t meet anyone in their circle of friends, it’s a sign that they might not love you.
This relates back to what I mentioned earlier: the hero instinct.
When a man is made to feel needed, wanted, and respected, he’s more likely to include you in his circle of friends.
And it’s as simple as knowing the right things to say to trigger his hero instinct and make him into the man he’s always wanted to be.
All of that and more is revealed in this excellent free video by James Bauer. It’s absolutely worth checking out if you’re ready to take things to the next level with your avoidant partner.
An avoidant loves you. What now?
The signs point to one thing: your avoidant partner loves you.
And you know what? That’s a good thing.
However, to keep him or her close to you, you must make sure you’re doing everything right.
So, let’s recap what you need to do:
1) You still need to have patience
Patience is essential in a relationship with an avoidant.
Remember, this is a person who has had trust issues for most of his or her life. So, it won’t be easy for them to adapt to your pace.
2) You must be honest and transparent
Honesty and transparency are crucial aspects of a healthy relationship, especially when dealing with an avoidant partner.
So, try to detach yourself from any drama that may have taken place in the past. This is the only way you can let your avoidant do the same.
3) You should be genuine and encourage them to be the same
Remember that most avoidants are overly-sensitive and this is why they’re constantly stressed.
So if you want your avoidant partner to become even closer to you, it’s essential for you to tell him or her how you feel without pretending. This will help them feel comfortable being open with you too.
4) You still need to respect their boundaries
Although an avoidant will be more open to you, he or she still needs his or her own space sometimes.
So, don’t try to control them. Respect their boundaries and be patient throughout your relationship.
5) You should still allow them to be independent
Trust me: avoidants would rather crash and burn than depend on someone else too much. They’d rather be by themselves and deal with their issues on their own.
So, if you try to smother them, it will only make matters worse.
How do you make an avoidant miss you?
Here are some tips to help you achieve your goal:
1) Give them space
As you already know, avoidants need space. So, give it to them by letting go and giving them the time they want without forcing them to do anything they don’t want to do.
2) Don’t push them
Push them too much and you will only push them away. You see, an avoidant needs time to open up to you. So, be patient with him or her and give them the time they need without pushing them.
3) Don’t nag at them
Avoidants don’t like nagging because it puts too much pressure on their skulls. If you nag at your avoidant partner, he or she won’t be able to think clearly anymore.
However, if you don’t, they’ll most likely miss your presence.
4) Pull away from them
By doing this, you will make them feel insecure and desperate. So, if you want to make an avoidant miss and chase you, pull away from him or her for a few days.
5) Show that you can be independent
The more independent you are, the more they will want to be with you and keep your relationship strong.
So, show your avoidant partner that you’re independent and that you can take care of yourself.
Are avoidants cheaters?
Can I be totally honest with you? Avoidant people tend to cheat more than other people.
In fact, avoidants have been labeled as so because they don’t like showing their true selves to almost anyone.
Numerous psychologists say that avoidant people tend to keep their true selves hidden, and that’s why they sometimes end up cheating.
They can’t find the support and understanding they need, so they look for it in other places.
In fact, this may or may not be true.
This is because there are other reasons why avoidants tend to cheat on their partners too. For instance, an avoidant person might cheat if they feel like they’re being nagged or pressured by their partner.
Remember that avoidants have a hard time trusting anyone. So, they’re definitely not the type to commit easily, and they sometimes end up hurting others when they want to hide their true selves from them.
Are avoidants lonely?
Another thing people might think is that avoidants are lonely.
But this may not be true because a lot of them tend to keep themselves busy. They maintain lots of hobbies and keep themselves busy with work.
Although they don’t usually have many friends, they will still seek comfort in those who are close to them.
They prefer to hang out with those who know how to talk to them and understand them better.
Most of all, avoidants tend to like alone time. So, they will be sure to have a lot of quality time by themselves.
Your avoidant doesn’t love you. What next?
Sadly, the signs above may point to one thing: your avoidant partner doesn’t love you.
So what can you do to resolve this?
Well, I mentioned the unique concept of the hero instinct earlier. It’s revolutionized the way I understand how men work in relationships.
You see, when you trigger a man’s hero instinct, all those emotional walls come down. He feels better in himself and he’ll naturally begin to associate those good feelings with you. It doesn’t matter if he is an avoidant or not. This works the same in both situations.
And it’s all down to knowing how to trigger these innate drivers that motivate men to love, commit, and protect.
So if you’re ready to take your relationship to that level, be sure to check out James Bauer’s incredible advice.
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