Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Sophie Saint Thomas. What do you call a text message that's flirty, but not yet a sext?
Very little empirical attention has been paid to other-sex crush experiences during adolescence. As a result, it is not known whether such experiences, which appear to be relatively common, impact psychological adjustment outcomes. Anxious-withdrawal and gender were evaluated as moderators. Peer nomination measures at Time 1 assessed both types of crush experiences and mutual friendship involvement, and participants completed self-report measures of loneliness and depressive symptoms at Times 1 and 2. The results from regression analyses revealed significant associations between having an other-sex crush and depressive symptoms at Time 1, after accounting for the effects of mutual friendship. Two interaction effects also revealed that crush status was a risk factor for depressive symptoms at low levels of anxious-withdrawal but a protective factor at high levels.
By Rebecca Reid. Apparently, according to Researchers at Columbia University, Indiana University, and the University of Kentucky-Lexington, having a crush on someone else might actually be good for your relationship. The academics surveyed women who were in relationships lasting three years or more. They were asked questions about sexual attraction and their partners.
Limerence is a state of mind which results from a romantic attraction to another person and typically includes obsessive thoughts and fantasies and a desire to form or maintain a relationship with the object of love and have one's feelings reciprocated. Limerence can also be defined as an involuntary state of intense romantic desire. Scientists have found that people in so-called limerent states have low levels of serotonin —a neurotransmitter in the brain that affects mood—akin to people with obsessive—compulsive disorder.