Why We Say “I Love You” And Its True Meaning

Dr Nicholas Jenner

I love you… Just words, often misused, often overstated, often said without conviction but when these three little words are missing, it can have a devastating effect on a couple and their relationship. How easy it is to take for granted that your partner somehow knows that you love them without you actually saying it, or even worse it is said to gain advantage or sympathy, as is often the case. Are we truly aware of what these three small words mean?

One of my clients who attended couples therapy with his girlfriend, was shocked to hear her say that he never actively says “I love you” but only responds when she says it, a small oversight maybe. He was under the false impression that telling her how beautiful she is meant the same thing. This left her feeling that he was only interested in her physical attributes leading…

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