Why Some People Love the Thrill of the Chase More Than the Relationship

Why Some People Love the Thrill of the Chase More Than the Relationship

In the land of rom-coms that rely on gender-based aplicaciГіn mГіvil asianfeels stereotypes, it’s common to see portrayals of men who are “in love with the chase” and uninterested in being wrangled by women who just want them to commit.

But craving newness and excitement-or experiencing relationship FOMO once the initial heat cools to a simmer-isn’t limited to one gender. (Or one sexual orientation, for that matter.) And it certainly isn’t uncommon.

“For many people the pursuit of the chase is more enticing and rewarding that the actual relationship itself,” says relationship expert Damon L. Jacobs, licensed ily therapist, and author of Rational Relating: The Smart Way to Stay Sane in the Crazy World of Love.

Jacobs says there are five main reasons why people hop from relationship to relationship in an endless quest to maintain that new-relationship buzz:

1. It Really Is Chemical „In the early stages of falling for someone, your brain is releasing certain chemicals including dopamine, adrenaline, epinephrine, and norepinephrine,” says Jacobs. “These are natural hormones that lead to a feeling of happiness and euphoria.” We sometimes confuse these chemical feelings for authentic connections. As a result, Jacobs says, “Once the high is over, so is the relationship for some folks.”

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2. Our Culture Glamorizes Love Most romantic movies tell a story about a man and a woman overcoming some kind of obstacle to be together. “Then, at the end of the movie they find their way together, they embrace, and the credits roll,“ he says. „Rarely in arts or entertainment do we ever see what happens after the credits role or how they sustain a meaningful connection year after year.”

That’s because the actual day-to-day work that goes into a long-term relationship usually isn’t very interesting. „A healthy, sustainable relationship would not make a good reality TV show,“ says Jacobs. „Society does little to reinforce and validate working together on a connection when thing are difficult.”

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3. We Refuse to Admit It’s Normal to Crave Someone New “This is simply a fact of life,” Jacobs says. “Unfortunately, we don’t talk about this often, and the silence leads men and women, gay and straight, to internalize a sense of failure when they no longer sexually hungerfor the partner they love.“ In reality, not wanting to jump your partner’s bones 24/7 after a few months (or years) of being together is totally normal.

„Instead of inquiring and learning something new about our partner and ourselves, most people romanticize the ‘early days‘ as the ideal.“

“When people believe diminished physical contact is an automatic sign that the relationship is in trouble, and they feel too guilty or ashamed to talk about that, it makes sense that they may idealize a connection or affair with someone else as better or more pleasurable,” Jacobs says.

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4. New Relationships Make Us Feel Validated Rather than focusing on building a mutually satisfying connection with another human being, many people use relationships to fulfill emotional needs. “They don’t actually want the person,” says Jacobs. “They want to get what they think they need: attention, affection, validation, fulfillment.”

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But ultimately, those things can’t be sustained by other people. “These are qualities that must come from within ourselves in order to truly share them and enjoy them with another,” Jacobs says. “When people are taught that love and security and meaning are derived from another person, it’s a recipe for failure.”

5. Monogamy Just Isn’t for Everyone There’s a difference between constantly chasing new relationships for the wrong reasons and just wanting to share sexual intimacy with more than one person over the course of a long-term relationship, Jacobs says.

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“Straight couples, in general, still have a harder time with this,” Jacobs says, noting that the way our culture overall regards non-monogamy can make it difficult for straight couples to communicate about sex and desire.

So while monogamy may work for some couples, it isn’t for everyone, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to be in a non-monogamous relationship-as long as you’re honest with your partner about building the kind of relationship you really want.

What to Do if You Love the Chase but Also Want a Lasting, Monogamous Relationship If you feel like you’re „addicted“ to the chase, but want to build a lasting relationship, it’s important to nail down your priorities and values, Jacobs says. Ask yourself these quesitons:

  • Do you truly want a lasting relationship, or do you think you ‘should‘ want a lasting relationship?
  • Do you sincerely want to do the work required to make a long-term relationship durable, or would you rather enjoy dating around?

Jacobs emphasizes that there’s nothing wrong with preferring not to commit. “Just don’t claim you want monogamy if what you truly want is to enjoy sharing your body with multiple people,” he advises. “Be honest with yourself and others.”

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For people looking to move away from constant pursuit of the chase, Jacobs recommends exploring other sources of adrenaline-filled excitement. “Running, competing, playing an instrument, protesting, volunteering, working, artistic expression-these are all examples of other ways that people can maintain a sense of challenge and excitement without ruining a relationship,” Jacobs says.

What to Do If Your Partner Is More Interested in the Chase „If someone wants to settle down but fears their partner has this issue, then it’s vitally important to communicate honestly without shame or judgement,” Jacobs says. “Assess their values and see how they are similar to or different from your own.”

If you find that your partner’s wants, needs, values, and priorities don’t line up with yours, it might mean that the relationship just isn’t right for you at this time.

After all, if you really, truly want a sustainable, long-term relationship, you have to be willing to put in the hard work it will take to get there-and willing to seek out a partner who desires the same thing.

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