In many instances, twin flames are compared to obsession or love addiction. One is a healthy expression of the other.
While twin flames are not an unhealthy obsession, there are many similarities between the two.
In my experience, both these terms are used in order to give a sense of how severe the attachment is. Twin flames and obsession manifest in more or less the same way.
Depending on the individual, the intensity of the attachment and the intensity of the feeling, twin flames, and obsession can be very similar.
If you are new to the concept of twin flames and you still have no idea whether it is at all real for you or not, I have put together 6 subtle and not-so-subtle differences between twin flames and obsession.
1. Twin Flames Are Always in the Mind
One of the most notable differences between twin flames and obsession is that you can never stop thinking about a twin flame.
You may be on your way to work and suddenly thought of your twin flame comes in. Or, you are working on a project for school, but you keep wondering what your twin flame is up to.
The total immersion in thoughts about a person is the biggest difference between twin flames and obsession.
2. Obsession Is Always in the Body
Obsession is always in the body, which means that it manifests in many physical symptoms like strong urges to check one’s phone, obsessive thoughts about someone else, or even depression.
The obsession will also be triggered by something happening in the outside world: a song on the radio, a Facebook post from that person, a text message notification.
Obsession can be addictive and can take over your life. If you are obsessing over someone or something and you find yourself not able to do anything without checking up on them constantly or without being consumed with those thoughts, then this is an obsession and not twin flames.
3. Twin Flames Will Feel Expected Love
Twin flames are a love that is unconditional. It is not obsessive because it feels expected and natural to the person who has it. With obsession, there is a sense of constant need or expectation.
There is always some sense of uncertainty with obsession, such as wondering if you will ever feel loved again or if this person will ever love you back.
4. Love Addiction is Repeatedly Rewarded
It is important to note that love addiction can be a sign of insecurity. If an individual constantly needs to know that someone loves them, or if they need constant external validation from a romantic partner, this could be indicative of an unhealthy obsession.
Love addiction is a repetitive reward and as such, it is not the same as twin flames. Twin flames are often instead of a deep connection between two people.
5. Obsession Is a One-Way Relationship
Obsession is a one-way relationship. It is about having feelings for someone that you do not know in order to the point where your life revolves around them.
The person who is being obsessed does not feel the same way and may not even be aware of the other person’s obsession.
Twin flames, on the other hand, are two people with a very close connection, a deep love that transcends into all aspects of their lives. They are also two people who feel each other’s energies and emotions, which helps balance them out.
6. Twin Flames Have a Two-Way Relationship
The first difference between twin flames is that they are a two-way relationship. There is an exchange of energy, information, and feelings between the two that is not present in obsession.
If you are obsessed, you are consumed by the thought and ideas of the person you love. You may have intrusive thoughts about them or have a compulsion to contact them.
While this can happen in twin flames, it’s not as common or intense. The obsession will often manifest in obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors; twin flames don’t always cause these symptoms to manifest.
In an obsessive state, your partner may be aware of your infatuation but doesn’t share the same feelings as you do.
The focus is on self with no consideration for their partner’s needs, wants, or desires–they just want to be noticed. Twin Flame relationships are about balance and harmony-giving and receiving equally.
Twin Flames are spiritual beings that are connected to each other through powerful feelings of love, romance, and passion.
Obsession, on the other hand, is a one-sided feeling that is usually accompanied by obsessive thoughts.
If you find yourself in a position where you’re feeling obsessed or obsessed with someone else, it may be best to find a way to get that person out of your life.