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Unreciprocal love


Unrequited love or one-sided love is love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such by the beloved. The beloved may not be aware of the admirer's deep and strong romantic affectionor may consciously reject it.

The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines unrequited as "not reciprocated or returned in kind". Psychiatrist Eric Berne states in his book Sex in Human Loving that Unreciprocal love say that one-sided love is better than none, but like half a loaf of bread, it is likely to grow hard and moldy sooner.

Roy Baumeisterwhat makes a man or woman desirable, of course, is a complex and highly personal mix of many qualities and traits. But falling for someone who is much more desirable than oneself, whether because of physical beauty or attributes like charm, intelligence, wit or status, Baumeister calls Unreciprocal love kind of mismatch "prone to find their love unrequited" and that Unreciprocal love relationships are falling upward.

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