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Limerence is a term introduced by psychologist Dorothy Tennov in the 1960s. Her book “Love and Limerence: The Experience Of Being In Love”, was the first real attempt at studying the obsessive side of romantic relationships.
It can be defined as follows:
The cognitive and emotional state of being infatuated or obsessed with another person, that is typically experienced involuntarily and characterized by a desire for reciprocation of one’s feelings”
In other words, it’s the near-obsessive form of romantic love but with a specific focus on the reciprocation of feelings. The person suffering from the state is considered to be Limerent, and the desired individual is considered the Limerent Object. More information here